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Chinese crude steel output in 8 months dip by 2% YoY

Steel News - Published on Mon, 05 Oct 2015

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Xinhua reported that China's crude steel output continued to decline in August. According to the National Development and Reform Commission, Crude steel production dipped 3.5 percent year on year to 66.94 million tonnes in August, compared with a 1 percent increase in the same period last year

In the first eight months of 2015, output fell 2 percent year on year, after the first seven months dropped 1.8 percent year on year, and the January-June period posted the first half-year drop in nearly 20 years, earlier figures showed.

China's once sizzling steel industry has cooled as the economy shifts gear from double-digit growth to 7 percent expansion in the first half of this year, hurting industry profits and forcing factories to close.

In the first half of the year, medium- and large-sized steel producers suffered losses of 21.7 billion yuan (3.4 billion U.S. dollars) in their main businesses, losing 16.8 billion yuan more than the same period of last year, according to data from the China Iron and Steel Association.

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Posted By : Robichandra Sanasam on Mon, 05 Oct 2015
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