Global Cellulose Fibers operating profits in the second quarter of 2019 were $(2) million ($0 million excluding special items) compared with $32 million ($35 million excluding special items) in the first quarter of 2019. Earnings decreased due to lower average sales prices for fluff and market pulp driven by weaker economic conditions. Planned maintenance outage expenses were also higher as we completed our largest planned maintenance outage quarter. Input costs were favorable, primarily for wood and chemicals.
Printing Papers operating profits in the second quarter of 2019 were $(33) million ($114 million excluding special items) versus $143 million ($144 million excluding special items) in the first quarter of 2019. Earnings were negatively affected by the net impairment of our India Papers business, included as a special item below. In North America, increased planned maintenance outages were partially offset by improved sales prices and improved manufacturing operations. In Brazil, earnings increased due to seasonally stronger demand, partially offset by unfavorable input costs. In Europe and Russia, earnings decreased primarily due to planned maintenance outages in both Europe and Russia.