Thursday, January 01, 2009

Steel industry sees $1.86b loss in Nov

China's 71 major mills may post a loss of up to 12.77 billion yuan ($1.86 billion) in November, China Securities Journal reported on Dec 29 citing anonymous sources.

The newspaper said 48 mills were in the red in November, accounting for over two thirds of the country's large and medium-sized steel makers.

Analysts attributed the loss to the high prices in iron ore and dropping steel prices.

China's steel industry has been one of the worst hit by the international financial crisis as demand has declined sharply.

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