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Coal stocks at U.S. power plants have continued to decline this year, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration data.

Preliminary reports show stocks in July totaled 160.4 million tons. That was the lowest figure since October 2011, when stocks totaled 156.2 million tons, according to data the EIA released Sept. 30.

Coal stockpiles have been high the past couple of years as moderate weather held down demand for electricity and as natural gas and other sources had taken some of the market from coal. But coal has regained market share lately.

Coal stocks every month since November 2012.