South African cement sales up 11.7%

South African cement sales up 11.7%
Published: 11 March 2008

Cement sales grew 11.7 per cent to 1.163Mt YoY in February from 2.5 per cent YoY in January, data from the Cement and Concrete Institute showed on Monday.

Sales are up 4.9 per cent to 2.057Mt so far this year compared with the same period last year, the institute said.

Sales in Swaziland, Botswana, Lesotho and Namibia grew 9.5 per cent YoY in February to 83,252t. Sales, at 171,520t in those countries so far this year, are up 4.2 per cent on the same time last year.

Exports to other countries, excluding Swaziland, Botswana, Lesotho and Namibia, jumped 161 per cent YoY last month to 8599t, bringing total sales since the beginning of the year to 15,312t - down 58.3 per cent on the year-to-date sales last year.

The moving annual total in South Africa was up 5.1 per cent YoY in February to 14.221Mt, 15 per cent higher to 1.198Mt to Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho and Namibia, and 22.8 per cent stronger to 191678t in exports to other countries.

In total, sales, including exports sales and sales in Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho and Namibia, were up just 3.8 per cent to 2.244Mt.