LAHORE - During the first eight months of current fiscal year, cement domestic consumption increased by 17.49 percent to 20.89 million tons from 17.78 million tons during same period last year. Overall, the cement industry has posted a growth of 8.71 percent during the first eight months of current fiscal year compared with same period during last fiscal year. Total dispatches during this period were 24.76 million Tons against 22.78 million Tons during last fiscal year.

During the month of February 16, local sales of cement posted an encouraging growth of 29.79% percent while exports for the first time since Dec 14, showed a slight growth of 1.47% during February 16 compared to exports during February 15, resulting in an overall growth of 25.06 percent compared to same month of last fiscal year. The domestic sales in north during February 16 were 2,428,597 Tons compared to the domestic sales of 1,885,982 Tons during same month last year showing growth of 28.77 percent. The local sales in South during February 16 were 553,307 Tons compared to the local sales of 411,586 Tons during same month last year showing growth of 34.43 percent.