Fill in orders were the crux of the activity to end last week in the eastern spruce lumber market. Total volume was the lightest of the week, but demand remained steady. Retailers continued to stay busy, but their buying philosophy remained stringent, keeping inventories low and filling in as needed. Distributors, and to a lesser extent the mills, were able to supplement dealer needs in a timely manner. Although prices were lower in spruce, it was not the same for other species such as western fir and southern yellow pine which saw stability if not slight increases on many items.