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Government spending restrictions in western nations are expected to continue to limit infrastructure and construction activity. Furthermore, concerns are developing over a slowdown in Chinese demand.

17 Oct 2013

LONDON (Commodity Online): Global steel prices are expected to recovery in the next three years, according to MEPS International.In the company's latest long term forecast, it predicts that 2013 will be the low point in this cycle. Consumption should begin to pick up in 2014 as the economic climate improves. Nevertheless, there are a number of difficulties to overcome.

Government spending restrictions in western nations are expected to continue to limit infrastructure and construction activity. Furthermore, concerns are developing over a slowdown in Chinese demand. Moreover, buyers across the world are likely to remain cautious about rebuilding inventories. However, we do expect some degree of restocking next year. Consequently, the average steel price in 2014 is forecast to be above the year earlier figure.

A reduction in iron ore costs is anticipated over the medium term. This could limit the prospects for steel price rises. Nevertheless, domestic mills will, almost certainly, attempt to push through advances in selling figures in a bid to recover profitability as demand levels grow. MEPS, therefore, envisages an uptrend in average annual steel transaction values through to 2016.


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