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Copper, brass service center shipments decline

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NEW YORK — Copper and brass shipments by service centers slipped slightly in 2012, according to the Copper and Brass Servicenter Association.

Service centers shipped 261.47 million pounds of copper and brass products last year, down 1.1 percent from 264.37 million pounds in 2011.

Copper shipments rose 4.4 percent to 121.87 million pounds from 116.77 million pounds, led by an 8.3-percent increase in rod shipments to 64.39 million pounds from 59.45 million pounds.

Alloy shipments fell 5.4 percent to 139.59 million pounds from 147.61 million pounds, largely as a result of an 11.9-percent slide in 300-series rod and bar shipments to 61.34 million pounds from 69.64 million pounds.

December shipments of copper and brass products dropped 16.9 percent to 17.11 million pounds from 20.59 million pounds the previous month, in part due to there being one less shipping day in December, according to the Overland Park, Kan.-based trade group.

Copper shipments totaled 8.2 million pounds in December, down 16.5 percent from 9.82 million pounds in November, with sheet shipments falling 19.5 percent to 3.16 million pounds from 3.93 million pounds and rod shipments down 14.8 percent to 4.36 million pounds from 5.12 million pounds.

Alloy shipments slid 17.3 percent to 8.91 million pounds in December from 10.77 million pounds, dragged down by a 22.2-percent decline in 200-series brass sheet to 2.94 million pounds from 3.78 million pounds.

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