The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported that for the month of September 2004, U.S. steel mills shipped 9,233,000 net tons, a 2.3-percent increase from the 9,027,000 net tons shipped in September 2003.
The September shipments, however, represented a 0.9-percent decrease from the 9,316,000 net tons shipped in the previous month, August 2004.
For the first 9 months of 2004, steel shipments were 85,413,000 net tons, representing a 6.9-percent increase from the 79,897,000 net tons shipped during the same period in 2003.
According to the AISI, year-to-year comparison of year to date shipments shows the following changes within major market classifications: service centers and distributors, up 5.5 percent; appliances, utensils and cutlery, up 4.7 percent; automotive, up 6.5 percent; construction and contractors' products, up 8.8 percent; oil and gas, up 10.0 percent; machinery, industrial equipment and tools, up 20.2 percent; containers, packaging, and shipping materials, down 1.6 percent; and electrical equipment, down 6.6 percent.
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