Kolkata, Aug 19 - India's steel consumption in July rose by 3.7% to 6.905 million tonnes (mt) over corresponding month last year and exports in the last month grew by 64%, the Steel Ministry's latest report said on Saturday.
"Overall consumption in July at 6.905 mt was down by 4.2% over June 2017 but was up by 3.7% over July 2016," the report of the ministry's Joint Plant Committee (JPC) said.
India's consumption of total finished steel at 27.911 mt saw a growth of 4.4% in April-July period over same period of last year, under the influence of rising production for sale and imports.
Exports of total finished steel increased by 65.5% to 2.807 mt in April-July 2017 over same period of last year and overall exports at 0.77 mt in July only was up by 19% over the previous month but grew by 64% over year-ago month.
However, import of total finished steel at 2.505 mt in the first four months of the current fiscal grew by 4.7% over same period of last year.
"Overall imports in July 2017 at 0.798 mt was up by 24% over June 2017 and was up by 42.2% over July 2016," the report said.
India was a net importer of total finished steel in July 2017 and maintained its net exporter status in the first four months of the current fiscal.
According to the provisional data released by the JPC, production for sale of total finished steel in July was at 8.256 mt, up by 9% over year-ago month.
"Production for sale of total finished steel at 34.430 mt, registered a growth of 6.9% during April-July 2017 over the same period last year," the report said.
During April-July, the ISP (Integrated Steel Plant) producers produced 20 mt, which was a growth of 14% while production for the other producers was up by 0.2%.