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May 15, 2017

Shipments Return to Decreasing Trend

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill., May 15, 2017

Shipments Return to Decreasing Trend

Metal shipments declined by small amounts in both the United States and Canada in April, reversing the increases posted in March.

U.S. Service Center Activity

In April 2017, U.S. service center steel shipments decreased by 4.2% from April 2016. Steel product inventories decreased 6.0% from April a year ago.

U.S. service center shipments of aluminum products in April decreased by 0.4% from the same month in 2016. Inventories of aluminum products decreased 1.0% from April a year ago.

Canadian Service Center Activity

In April 2017, Canadian service center shipments of steel products decreased by 2.8% from April 2016. Steel product inventories decreased 10.0% from April a year ago.

Canadian service center aluminum shipments in April decreased 4.3% from the same month in 2016. Inventories of aluminum products decreased 4.2% from April a year ago.

Contact:

Chris Marti, vice president, research (847) 485-3009 or cmarti@msci.org