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August 2007

April 2007 steel shipments down 3.4 percent

The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported that for the month of April 2007, United States steel mills shipped 8,849,000 net tons, a 3.4 percent decrease from the 9,159,000 net tons shipped in April 2006 and a 5.2 percent decrease from the 9,331,000 net tons shipped in the previous month, March 2007.

A year-to-year comparison of year-to-date shipments shows the following changes within major market classifications: service centers and distributors, down 7.3 percent; automotive, down 3.2 percent; construction and contractors’ products, down 1.1 percent; and oil and gas, down 9.8 percent.