Cement sales in southern Africa slow

Cement sales in southern Africa slow
Published: 14 January 2009

Cement sales in southern Africa were up 0.8 percent year-on-year (YoY) in December to 921,570t, data from the Cement and Concrete Institute showed on Tuesday.

The institute noted that December 2008 had two more sales days than the same month last year, and if the increase is taken into account, total regional sales were 9.3 per cent lower than in December 2007.

Regional sales are down 3.9 per cent at 14.719Mt on a year-to-date basis.

The moving annual total in southern Africa was down 3.9 percent YoY in December to 14.7Mt.

Exports to other countries excluding Swaziland, Botswana, Lesotho and Namibia rose by 158.1 per cent to 18,385t, bringing total exports sales since the beginning of the year to 153,065t - down 28.2 per cent on a year-to-date basis.