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By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Production of crude steel in Brazil is expected to reach 32.8 million tonnes this year, a decrease of 3.4 percent compared with last year, according to estimates by the Instituto Aço Brasil (Brazil Steel Institute). Domestic sales of steel products are expected to fall 15.6 percent to 18.3 million tons of steel.

The predicted consumption of the material in the country will be 22.3 million tons, down 12.8 percent, return to the level set in 2007. The decline in the automotive, construction and machinery . . .

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