Russian rebar use seen falling by 15% this year as economy slows

Consumption of rebar in Russia is expected to drop by 15% this year, producers and traders have said at a conference in Moscow.

Delegates heard their opinions at the “Rebar, structural steel, steel frames and cement: the market trends” conference last week.
Steel First’s Russian domestic rebar price assessments have gone down by an average of 4,075 roubles ($76) per tonne since late January due to weak demand and a lack of funds in the market.
The assessment stood at 25,400-25,500 roubles ($471-473) per tonne cpt Moscow, including VAT, on Monday April 13.
The World Bank expects the Russian economy to contract by 3.4% this year if the price of oil averages $53 per barrel, as a baseline scenario, following a 0.6% expansion in 2014.
A fall of almost 50% last year in the price of oil, the Russian state budget’s principal source of income, limited state investment prospects, including those for infrastructure projects which consume steel products.

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Nadia Popova

April 17, 2015

15:04 GMT