Apparent consumption was 1.52 million tonnes in December, a 4.1% year-on-year decrease from 1.58 million tonnes, according to the association.
Flat-rolled steel use was 916,000 tonnes, down by 10.1% from 1.02 million tonnes a year before, while long steel demand totaled 599,000 tonnes, up by 6.8% from 561,000 tonnes.
Both sectors saw declining demand during the year, however, amid a slow economic recovery in the country.
According to Aço Brasil’s data, full-year apparent use reached 20.65 million tonnes, down by 2.7% from 21.21 million tonnes in 2018.
Consumption of flat-rolled material...