ArcelorMittal CEO sees steel demand up 2-3 pct in 2013

KRAKOW, Poland Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:15am EST

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KRAKOW, Poland Jan 11 (Reuters) - ArcelorMittal, the world's top steelmaker, sees global steel demand growing by between 2 and 3 percent this year, mainly due to expanding U.S. and emerging markets, Chief Executive Lakshmi Mittal said on Friday.

Mittal told a news conference during a visit to Poland that European consumption would be nearly flat -- with forecast growth between -0.5 and 0.5 percent.

The World Steel Association said in October it expected global steel demand to rise by 3.2 percent this year, with a 2.4 percent expansion in the European Union and 4.5 percent growth in the rest of Europe.