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VIENNA, VA -- April 1 holdings of fresh apples were 48.2 million bushels, down from 62 million reported March 1, according to a report issue April 10 by the U.S. Apple Association, based here.

The fresh market holdings reflect a 33 percent increase over March 2008 holdings and 25 percent more than the five-year average.

Processing apple holdings of 21.4 million bushels were 6 percent below year earlier levels and 6 percent below the five-year average for the April 1 reporting period.

The total number of apples in storage on April 1 was 69.6 million bushels, 19 percent less than last month, 23 percent more than last April's total and 21 percent higher than the five-year average of 58 million bushels for April.

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