December steel shipments up
The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI)
reported that for the month of December 2009, United States steel
mills shipped 6,035,000 net tons, an 11.3 percent increase from
the 5,424,000 net tons shipped in the previous month, November
2009, and a 30.8 percent increase from the 4,613,000 net tons
shipped in December 2008.
A month-to-month comparison of shipments
shows the following changes: hot rolled sheet, up 21 percent;
hot dipped galvanized sheet and strip, up 6 percent; and cold
rolled sheet, up 3 percent.