Brazil's raw steel output rose 1.2 percent to 2.6 million tonnes in February from the same month a year earlier, Instituto Aço Brasil, the group representing steelmakers, said on Thursday.
Production of rolled steel rose two percent to two million tonnes in February on an annual basis, IABr, as the group is known, said.
Domestic sales rose 7.6 percent to 1.8 million tonnes in February, while apparent consumption, a measure of total purchases of steel in the local market that includes imports, rose 4.8 percent to 2 million tonnes, IABr added.
In the first two months, production of raw steel is down 0.1 percent, while output of rolled steel is up 1.3 percent, the group noted.
The steel industry, which underwent a slight recovery last year, is facing a series of problems that are likely to extend into this year, industry leaders said. One problem affecting production, they said, is that demand for building materials has grown less than expected as some key projects have undergone lengthy delays. (Editing by Diane Craft)