April steel shipments up 6.3 percent from last year
The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported
that for the month of April 2008, United States steel mills shipped 9,403,000
net tons, a 6.3 percent increase from the 8,849,000 net tons shipped
in April 2007 and a 2.7 percent increase from the 9,158,000 net tons
shipped in the previous month, March 2008.
A year-to-year comparison of year-to-date shipments
shows the following changes within major market classifications: service
centers and distributors, up 4.4 percent; automotive, down 2.2 percent;
construction and contractors’ products, down 2.9 percent; and oil and
gas, up 7.4 percent.