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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.

December export volumes from the major steelmakers were up by 0.6% year-on-year to 2.12 million tonnes, Russian Steel said.

The steelmakers sold 31.14 million tonnes of rolled products on the domestic market in 2012, up by a marginal 0.1%.

Total domestic sales in December were at 2.31 million tonnes, down by 9% year-on-year.

The major steelmakers’ total production in 2012 stood at 55.31 million tonnes of rolled steel, up by 3% from the previous year.

Output in December was down by 4.5% year-on-year to 4.43 million tonnes.