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May cement figures: domestic consumption down in Spain, Morocco and Lanzarote

World Cement,


In May 2014, Spanish cement consumption declined by 2.9% to 978 688 t. This is the first time since 1965 that consumption has fallen below 1 million t in the month of May.

In January – May 2014, domestic consumption was down 3.5% compared to the same period in 2013, coming in at around 4.23 million t. On an accumulated basis, consumption dropped by 12.4% over the 12 months to May.

Canary Islands

According to the Canary Institute for Statistics (ISTAC), some 41 628 t of cement was sold in the Canary Islands on May 2014. This compares to 40 307 t in April 2014. In the first five months of the year sales reached approximately 182 116 t, 9.8% lower than in the same period in 2013. Meanwhile, accumulated sales in January – May 2014 in Lanzarote improved by 15% y/y. Around 16 013 t of cement was sold in the first five months of 2013 compared to 18 420 t in 2014. However, in May alone, sales in Lanzarote declined by 11% m/m and by 2.5% y/y to just under 3980 t.


Approximately 1.35 million t of cement was consumed in Morocco in May 2014. This is 4.46% less than in May 2013 when 1.41 million t was sold on the country’s domestic market. In January – May 2014, national sales reached 6.19 million t, down 3.37% y/y.

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