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HRB Prices Rise Further

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The Chinese domestic price for hot rolled band (HRB) rose by $9/t in the two weeks to 30 August to a fresh four-and-a-half year high of $525/t, up by over $170/t year-on-year, according to the latest SteelBenchmarker from World Steel Dynamics.  There were larger increases, of $14/t and $11/t, in the Western European and US domestic prices for HRB over the same period to $619/t and $694/t, respectively. The Western European HRB price is now at the highest level since April 2013. By contrast, the world export price for HRB slipped $6/t to $536/t.