Steel distributors report slow start to year
Jan 02, 2013 | 02:52 PM
| Chris Prentice
NEW YORK A slow start to 2013 has left some North American flat-rolled steel buyers less than certain that January will register the previously expected boost in demand.
"I feel like nothing has changed much. Theres (still) going to be a struggle between input costs and demand. Thats going to define the month of January," one Midwest service center source said.
January traditionally offers the steel sector a welcome pick-up in demand after year-end destocking, and while its too early to say whether that will be the case this year, indications for the first few days of 2013 suggest a substantial boost may not materialize this month, sources said.....
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