Japan produced 7.35 million tonnes of crude steel in October, up 2.9% month on month but down 10.6% from the previous year, showed data from the Japan Iron and Steel Federation.
In the month, Japan's production of common steel products increased 4.8% month on month but declined 9.6% year on year to 5.71 million tonnes; the output of special steel products reached 1.64 million tonnes, falling 3.1% over the month prior and 14.1% year on year.
In October, Japan's steel output by converters rose 3.2% on the month but contracted 11.8% year on year to 5.3 million tonnes; steel output by electric furnaces hit 2.05 million tonnes, up 2.3% from September yet down 7.5% from the year prior.
Japan's hot-rolled steel coils production increased 8.5% month on month but reduced 8.7% year on year to 3.01 million tonnes; H-beam production was 317,000 tonnes, climbing 8.3% month on month and 0.6% year on year.
In October, Japan's pig iron output rose 2.9% over a month ago yet fell 11.3% on the year to 5.2 million tonnes, data showed.
In January-October, Japan produced a total of 75.17 million tonnes of crude steel, down 6.5% on the year; and 53.98 million tonnes of pig iron, down 8.1%.
(Writing by Rebecca Liu Editing by Harry Huo)
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