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Cement sales are on the up in South America

World Cement,

According to statistics from the national cement associations in South America, cement sales in January 2013 were largely positive. In Peru, domestic sales volumes increased by 19% y/y to reach 850 487 t. ASOCEM also noted that cement exports totalled 28 152 t during the month. Meanwhile, in Argentina, Portland cement plants dispatched 913 336 t, including exports. This is 4.4% higher than the amount of cement sold in January 2012 and represents an increase of 12.9% m/m when compared to sales levels in December 2012. Domestic cement consumption grew 3.2% y/y to reach 888 602 in Argentina in the first month of this year. Domestic cement sales also experienced positive growth in Brazil, rising by 5.9% y/y from 5.2 million t in January 2012 to 5.6 million t in January 2013. In Ecuador, according to the Ecuadorian Institute of Cement and Concrete, cement sales came in at 537 391 t, up from the 452 647 t sold in January 2012.

Edited from various sources by Louise Fordham.

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