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Russian Steel, a not-for-profit partnership of steel producers, collects production and sales data from member companies including Evraz, Novolipetsk Steel, Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel, Mechel and Metalloinvest.

The September export volumes of the major steelmakers rose by 3% compared with the previous month, Russian Steel said.

Total exports for the first nine months of 2012 stood at 18.23 million tonnes, up by 23% year-on-year.

The steelmakers sold 2.92 million tonnes of rolled products on the domestic market in September, up by 5% year-on-year but down by 2% month-on-month, Russian Steel said.

The steelmakers’ total domestic sales for the first nine months of the year were 24.34 million tonnes, up by 3% year-on-year.