Consumption of Steel Stock in Japan Increases Slightly to 15.65 Million Tonnes in Jul-Sep

Consumption of steel stock in Japan is estimated to be around 15.65 million tonnes in July-September term, integrated steelmakers said. Consumption for construction increased slightly, it for automobile keeps high level, ordinery steel is around 12.45 million tonnes, and special steel is around 3.2 million tonnes. If it remains as estimate, consumption of steel stock in Japan is around 31.2 million tonnes in the first half of fiscal 2012. It exceeds the level in the same term of previous year, 29.7 million tonnes affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake. But it underrun the second half of the previous year, 32.45 million tonnes.