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VIENNA, VA -- January movement of fresh and processing apples was 7 percent above the same month last year and 14.4 percent higher than the past five-year average in January, according to the U.S. Apple Association's latest storage survey, announced Feb. 13.

U.S. fresh-market apple holdings of 74.8 million bushels Feb. 1 reflect a 16 percent decrease from January and a 26 percent increase over February 2008.

Apple processing holdings totaled 29 million bushels, 15 percent less than last month and 7 percent less than Feb. 1, 2008.

The total number of apples in storage Feb. 1 was 104 million bushels, 16 percent less than last month, 15 percent more than last February's total and 10.6 percent higher than the five-year average of 94 million bushels.

For additional information, contact Melaine Sprigler, USApple's director of finance and administration, by phone at 800/781-4443 or by e-mail at msprigler@usapple.org.