Boise Cascade’s wood products division reduced its fourth quarter loss in 2009, despite sales falling 12% on the year.

The loss of US$9.4m in 2009 was an improvement on the US$24.7m loss in the fourth quarter of 2008. The division recorded sales of US$136.8m.

Boise said the wood products team performed well in a “very difficult environment”, reducing working capital and improving operating efficiencies.