U.S. Census Bureau estimates shipments at $1,302.5 billion for the month.
Day: March 12, 2015
U.S. segment sales were up 4 percent year-over-year.
Upturn in fuel prices led the February rise in import prices.
Total cutting tool consumption of $181.9 million also down 1.7 percent from December.
Oil and gas extraction was mainly responsible for the advance.
Production remained stable in EU28.
Profit increased 89.5% to $15 million for the year.
Job growth continues to be positive despite unfavorable conditions.