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October 2006


July steel shipments up

The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported that for the month of July 2006, United States steel mills shipped 9,016,000 net tons, a 15.9 percent increase from the 7,781,000 net tons shipped in July 2005, and a 7.5 percent decrease from the 9,739,000 net tons shipped in the previous month, June 2006.

A year-to-year comparison of year-to-date shipments shows the following changes within major market classifications: service centers and distributors, up 4.9 percent; automotive, up 17.6 percent; construction and contractors’ products, up 15.4 percent; oil and gas, up 9.7 percent; machinery, industrial equipment and tools, up 10.9 percent; appliances, utensils and cutlery, down 3.9 percent; containers, packaging and shipping materials, up 6.2 percent; and electrical equipment, up 21.5 percent.

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