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The Dominican Republic reported an 87% increase in output in the period, to 508,000 tonnes, according to figures disclosed by the Latin American steel association, Alacero.

Guatemala’s output increased by 20% to 449,000 tonnes, while Costa Rica reported a 21% rise to 372,000 tonnes.

Cuba reached 144,000 tonnes, up by 22% in comparison with 2011, and El Salvador’s output went up by 19% to 115,000 tonnes.

Trinidad & Tobago was the only exception to the general rises, with a decrease in output of 11% over the period, to 378,000 tonnes.