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Cement statistics: South America

World Cement,

National cement associations in South America have begun to release preliminary statistical results for November 2012. There was positive news from Brazil, with domestic cement sales increasing by 3.8% y/y to reach 5.8 million t. Likewise, accumulated sales volumes in the first 11 months of the year grew by 7.6% y/y to 63.2 million t. According to ASOCEM, cement sales within Peru came in at approximately 891 700 t in November, with despatch levels up 16.62% y/y for the period of January – November 2012.

However, the outlook was less positive in Uruguay where cement sales fell on both a month-to-month and year-on-year basis. In Argentina, over 982 100 t of cement was sold in November, including exports. This is 7.8% lower than in November 2011. Domestic sales volumes dropped 8.6% y/y. However, at almost 959 600 t, local sales levels had risen 0.5% from October 2012.

Edited from various sources by Louise Fordham.

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