NEW YORK U.S. steel
mills shipments increased month on month in December, but
the tally remained below the level seen in the same month a
U.S. mills shipped nearly 7.5
million net tons of steel in the final month of last year, up
1.2 percent from almost 7.4 million tons in November, according
to the latest data from the American Iron and Steel
However, the total was 7.5
percent below the nearly 8.1 million net tons shipped in
December 2011 and 6 percent below the 2012 monthly average of 8
million net tons.
Products showing significant
month-on-month changes in December were hot-rolled sheet, up 7
percent; hot-dipped galvanized sheet and strip, up 1 percent;
and cold-rolled sheet, down 1 percent.
For the full year, shipments gained 4.4 percent to nearly 96
million tons from almost 91.9 million tons in 2011.