April U.S. Steel Shipments Down 7.6 Percent From Previous Month

The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) has reported that for the month of April 2005, U.S. steel mills shipped 8,545,000 net tons, a 6.5 percent decrease from the 9,143,000 net tons shipped in April 2004, and a 7.6 percent decrease from the 9,249,000 net tons shipped in the previous month, March 2005.

A year-to-year comparison of year to date shipments shows the following changes within major market classifications: service centers and distributors, down 1.3 percent; automotive, down 2.7 percent; construction and contractors' products, down 0.2 percent; oil and gas, up 8.7 percent; machinery, industrial equipment and tools, down 3.7 percent; appliances, utensils and cutlery, down 1.5 percent; containers, packaging and shipping materials, down 14.3 percent; and electrical equipment, down 5.7 percent.


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