NEW YORK U.S. steel mills
shipped more than 7.92 million net tons in March, 6.5 percent
higher than the 7.44 million tons shipped the previous month
but down 6.9 percent from 8.51 million tons in March 2012,
American Iron and Steel Institute data show.
Month-on-month increases were
seen in shipments of hot-rolled sheet (up 7 percent) and
hot-dipped galvanized sheet and strip (up 2 percent), while
cold-rolled sheet shipments remained unchanged.
First-quarter steel mill shipments totaled 23.57 million
tons, down 7.3 percent from 25.42 million tons in the same
period last year.