January steel shipments up 7.3 percent
The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported
that for the month of January 2008, United States steel mills shipped
9,246,000 net tons, a 7.3 percent increase from the 8,614,000 net tons
shipped in January 2007 and an 8.8 percent increase from the 8,495,000
net tons shipped in the previous month, December 2007.
A year-to-year comparison of year-to-date shipments
shows the following changes within major market classifications: service
centers and distributors, up 9.3 percent; automotive, up 1.3 percent;
construction and contractors’ products, up 8.5 percent; and oil and gas,
up 3.2 percent.