Glatfelter today reported first-quarter 2016 net income of $16.2 million, or $0.37 per diluted share compared with $13.9 million, or $0.32 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2015. Adjusted earnings for the first quarter of 2016 were $16.3 million, or $0.37 per diluted share, a 23 percent increase compared with $13.4 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, for the same period a year ago. Consolidated net sales totaled $402.2 million and $417.5 million in the first quarters of 2016 and 2015, respectively. Currency translation adjustments unfavorably impacted the year-over-year comparison by $5.2 million.
For the past several weeks we have faced challenging market conditions, similar to our competitors. In response to the market, Port Hawkesbury Paper has decided to curtail production beginning at 7am on Sunday, July 16th and span through to 7am on Sunday July 23, 2017. No deliveries will be impacted as a result of the curtailment and we anticipate full operation for the balance of the year.