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ArcelorMittal posts $780 million loss

business Updated: Feb 08, 2011 12:12 IST

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ArcelorMittal, the largest steel maker of the world, today reported $ 780 million net loss in the last quarter of 2010 against $ 1,109 million net profit in the year-ago period.

Net sales, however, rose to $ 20,699 million vis-a-vis $ 17,434 million in the October-December quarter of the last year, ArcelorMittal said in a statement here.

The net profit of the company for the whole year, 2010, rose to $ 2,196 million compared to $ 157 million in 2009. Net sales during the period went up to $ 78,025 million from $ 61,021 million a year ago.

Commenting on the results, ArcelorMittal Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Lakshmi N Mittal said," Although 2010 continued to be a challenging year, as anticipated, we saw a slow and progressive recovery which enabled us to deliver a substantially improved performance compared with 2009".

"The gradual underlying demand recovery continues and we expect 2011 to be stronger than 2010," he added.