March Steel Shipments Up 1.3 Percent From February

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Up 13.0 percent Year to Date


For Immediate Release
May 16, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported today that for the month of March 2012, U.S. steel mills shipped 8,512,825 net tons, a 1.3 percent increase from the 8,407,343 net tons shipped in the previous month, February 2012, and a 6.3 percent increase from the 8,006,015 net tons shipped in March 2011.  Shipments year-to-date in 2012 are 25,418,100 a 13.0 percent increase vs. 2011 shipments of 22,502,151 for three months.  2012 shipments through March would annualize at 102 million tons.

A month-to-month comparison of shipments shows the following changes: cold rolled sheet and strip, up 2 percent, hot rolled sheet, down 3 percent and hot dipped galvanized sheets and strip, down 4 percent.

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