According to preliminary estimates from the Aluminum Association, aluminum demand in the United States and Canada totaled 2.238 billion pounds in June, up 3.8 percent from last year. Exports from North America totaled 467 million pounds in June, 24.4 percent higher than last year; while imports reached 528 million pounds, up 2.6 percent from last year. Although the demand for aluminum is strong right now, the primary aluminum production in North America has declined in July, lagging by 3.8 percent from July 2005.

American Metal Market August 29, 2006