Twice per month we survey service centers/wholesalers as to how their customers are releasing they inventories held on the distributor’s floor. The results provides a snap-shot of current and historical look at inventory trends between distributors and their customers. This is important when considering future purchasing trends.
Below is a graphic of service center releases as recorded by our steel buyers surveys. We ask responding service centers how they see their customers’ releases (demand) for the products their company provides and we ask them how current releases compare to the same time last year.