June 2010 steel shipments up

The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported that for the month of June 2010, United States steel mills shipped 7,292,203 net tons, a 0.7 percent decrease from the 7,345,455 net tons shipped in the previous month, May 2010, and a 52.0 percent increase from the 4,797,256 net tons shipped in June 2009.

Shipments year-to-date in 2010 are 42,233,140, a 61.5 percent increase vs. 2009 shipments of 26,156,301 for 6 months.

A month-to-month comparison of shipments shows the following changes: cold rolled sheet, up three percent; hot rolled sheet, up two percent; and hot dipped galvanized sheet and strip, down four percent.