It was a steady day of demand and for business in the eastern spruce lumber market yesterday, nothing overwhelming. Retailers bought as needed without extending themselves. Distributors diligently worked off their inventories. Wholesalers sold or tried selling off leftover positions. Eastern mills concentrated on what they had to offer, especially any accumulations. All had varying successes. All got a reasonable number of orders. Prices were negotiable to a certain extent, nothing extravagant. Most were confident that business would continue to be good but requiring the time and effort.