U.S. steel mills shipped 8,210,726 net tons in January 2013, up 9.7% from December 2012's 7,483,120 net tons, according to American Iron and Steel Institute data released in March. January was down 3.4% from 8,497,932 net tons shipped in January 2012.
January 2013 shipments was up 2% from the 2012 monthly average of 8.0 million net tons. It was the highest monthly shipment tonnage since 8.4 million tons were shipped in August 2012.
Comparing January 2013 shipments to December 2012 shows that:
* cold rolled sheet shipments were up 15%
* hot dipped galvanized sheets and strip shipments were up 12%
* hot rolled sheet shipments were up 1%
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