YORK U.S. raw steel output totaled 1,827,000 net tons
last week, down 0.7 percent from 1,840,000 tons the previous
week, as mills operated at an average capability utilization
rate of 73.9 percent.
In the corresponding week a year
earlier, mills produced 1,863,000 tons at an average
utilization rate of 75.2 percent, according to the American
Iron and Steel Institute, Washington.
Mills produced a year-to-date total of 97,227,000 tons at an
average capability utilization rate of 75.7 percent, up 2.7
percent from the same period in 2011, when mills produced
94,705,000 tons at an average capability utilization rate of