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Spanish cement consumption fell in April

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Spain's cement consumption fell by 2.3% in April, reaching 917 152 t, down 21 182 t in April 2016. Exports have fallen by 5.5%, slightly more than 760 000 t, representing a loss of 44 000 t.

Thus far in 2017, cement consumption is positive, with a growth of 9.6% to 3 786 705 t. This is 332 711 more than in the same period of 2016. In contrast, exports have experienced a fall of 8.6% in the first four months of the year, standing at 2 855 090 t, 268 651 t less than in 2016.

"The fall in consumption has been motivated, in part, by the calendar effect, since this year in April has had fewer working days due to the celebration of Holy Week," explains the general director of Oficemen, Aniceto Zaragoza. "Nevertheless, we continue to observe with caution the positive evolution of the consumption figures in the annual accumulated, given by the impulse of housing that is growing at a rate close to 25%. But, as we have already indicated on previous occasions, residential construction cannot be a driving force for our sector, as we continue and continue at historic lows until the public work is reactivated,” concludes Zaragoza.

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