Russia: MMK decreases steel demand forecast

MMK has decreased the forecast of demand for its products this year almost 2-fold because of the tax reform. While seeking money for pre-election promises of president Vladimir Putin, Russian authorities suggested increasing the base rate of added value tax by 2%. “Last year steel consumption in Russia grew by 6.5%. This year we estimate…

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Ukraine: coal output down in H1 2018

In January-June Ukraine increased power-generating coal output by 2.3% YoY, to 13.293 million tons, but decreased that of coking coal by 9%, to 3.2 million tons. According to the Ministry of energy and coal industry, combined coal output in 6 months dropped by 0.1%, to 16.495 million tons. State mines decreased coal output by 8.8%,…

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