U.S. steel mills shipped 7,483,120 net tons in December 2012, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI). December reflected a 1.2% increase from the 7,397,149 net tons shipped in November 2012, and a 7.5% decrease from the 8,085,761 net tons shipped in December 2011.
Shipments for full year 2012 were 95,948,663 net tons, a 4.4% increase compared to 2011 shipments of 91,865,449 net tons.
Shipments in December were 6% below the 2012 monthly average of 8.0 million net tons. While December shipments were the highest monthly amount since the 8.4 million tons shipped in August, they were below all monthly totals in the first eight months of 2012.
Looking at December shipments as compared to the previous month of November showed that:
* hot rolled sheet was up 7%
* hot dipped galvanized sheets and strip were up 1%
* cold rolled sheet was down 1%
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