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List of possible U.S. post office closures released

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The United States Postal Service on Tuesday published the list of almost 3,700 post offices across the country being considered for closure or downsizing.

In March, the service announced that it would cut 7,500 jobs and close 2,000 post offices and in May Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said the service was in dire financial straits.

"The Postal Service of the future will be smaller, leaner and more competitive and it will continue to drive commerce, serve communities and deliver value" Donahoe said in statement.

The U.S. agency has lost business to electronic mail to private sector competitors like FedEx and the United Parcel Service.

"Today, more than 35 percent of the Postal Service's retail revenue comes from expanded access locations such as grocery stores, drug stores, office supply stores, retail chains, self-service kiosks, ATMs and usps.com, open 24/7," Donahoe said.

"Our customer's habits have made it clear that they no longer require a physical post office to conduct most of their postal business."

Communities affected by the closures or who do not presently have a post office will now be able to have a Village Post Office.

"By working with third-party retailers, we're creating easier, more convenient access to our products and services when and where our customers want them," Donahoe said.

"The Village Post Office will offer another way for us to meet our customers' needs."

(Reporting by Wendell Marsh; Editing by Greg McCune)

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