Serving as a constant reminder that the recovery may be built upon fragile ground, however, monthly data for activity in the steel sector in the UK has been volatile during the first six months of 2014. Indeed, after a strong start with 30.8% y-o-y growth in January, a 9.3% drop off in activity in April, and a sluggish recover since means that that m-o-m activity at the end of the first half of the year sits below where it stood six months previously.
Going forward, we expect the UK autos industry to provide a much needed boost to domestic steel demand, as both vehicle demand and production continue to recover. However, conditions for firms in the steel industry will remain challenging due to a combination of low output prices, high input costs, regulation and weak external demand for UK steel exports. Opportunities for local firms exist in servicing domestic manufacturing such as autos and demand for high end steel products in fast growing but lower technology emerging markets. The impact of the UK construction sector may be slightly more moderate, however. Despite robust growth in overall activity, especially house building, the results of a survey by Markit Economics showed that the Markit/Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply UK Construction Purchasing Managers' Index fell to 62.4 in July 2014 from 62.6...
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After a strong year for the UK steel industry in both production and consumption in 2013, we are forecast ing a muted recovery going forward . In line with its European counterparts, the UK metals industry has been rocked by low profitability that has led to capacity reductions and disinvestment. However, the worst is probably over for the UK, as slightly stronger domestic demand and recent investment from international firms such as Sahaviriya Steel Industries and Tata Steel should arrest the decline in sector fortunes and ensure that the sector continues to accelerate through to the end of our forecast period in 2018.