The eastern spruce mills did not have very much product to offer yesterday, much to the chagrin of lumber traders. Buyers gravitated to the few items the mills had, often buying them without much hesitation. Demand was very strong, intensifying the activity in the lumber market. Retailers have seen a steady outflow of product and needed what they have on order, quicker than anticipated. The lack of available lumber on the horizon also had manufacturers vying for product. Shipping delays were common, due to production shortfalls and the lack of truckers.
@william_giguere What seems to be behind this boom in demand? Are we seeing unseasonably high retailer demand?