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JULY 2006


April steel shipments up

Washington, DC— The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported that for the month of April 2006, United States steel mills shipped 9,159,000 net tons, a 7.2 percent increase from the 8,545,000 net tons shipped in April 2005, and a 6.8 percent decrease from the 9,830,000 net tons shipped in the previous month, March 2006.

A year-to-year comparison of year-to-date shipments shows the following changes within major market classifications: service centers and distributors, down 3.7 percent; automotive, up 17.3 percent; construction and contractors’ products, up 15.2 percent; oil and gas, up 9.5 percent; machinery, industrial equipment and tools, up 15.9 percent; appliances, utensils and cutlery, down 6.6 percent; containers, packaging and shipping materials, down 3.3 percent; and electrical equipment, up 13.9 percent.

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