LAHORE

Cement dispatches to domestic markets during July 15 were 1.8 million tons compared to 1.73 million tons during same month last year, showing an increase of 4.19 per cent. Total dispatches during July were 2.26 million tons compared to 2.23 million tons during same month last year, showing an increase of 1.56 per cent.

Good off-take was observed in domestic dispatches during July 2015 despite heavy rains that seriously affected construction activities in many parts of the country. Domestic dispatches in North Zone were 1.520 million tons (July 2014: 1.42 million tons) and in South Zone were 0.279 million tons (July 2014: 0.309 million tons). Export sector, however, continued to disappoint. Exports from North zone were 274,000 tons while exports from South zone were 192,000 tons. In July 2014 the cement exports from North were 295,000 tons and from South were 208,000 tons.