Guatemala: Steel Prices Falling

Driven by lower oil prices and uncertainty which has reigned in the country in recent months, prices of steel products for construction recorded declines of between 15% and 30%.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The construction sector attributed the decline mainly to the drop in oil prices, to which the behavior of global steel is closely related. On top of this is the negative effect of the political crisis in the country which although did not stop the advance of the economy, generated uncertainty about the speed with which the problem would be solved in the future.

".. According to a report by the National Institute of Statistics and the Guatemalan Chamber of Construction, a hundredweight of corrugated iron - for final consumption - in January was priced at Q333 ($ 43), but last August, was worth Q289 ($37). A sheet - the unit of measurement used - of black iron was quoted earlier this year at Q975 ($125), but last month reached Q838 ($108), ie a decline of 16.3%,. which in nominal value is Q137 ($17). "

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Figures from the information system on the Iron and Steel Sheet Market in Central America, compiled by the Business Intelligence Unit at CentralAmericaData: [GRAFICA caption = "Click to interact with graph"]

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Figures from the information system on the Iron and Steel Sheet Market in Central America, compiled by the Business Intelligence Unit at CentralAmericaData: [GRAPHIC caption = "Click to interact with the graph"]

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