Although some consumers had assumed they would be able to reduce their offered prices at the beginning of the month, after a short negotiation period it soon became clear that prices were going to settle at levels comparable to those on the April market. The scrap market became tighter during the course of the month as a result of high consumer demand and lower scrap availability due to numerous public holidays resulting in extended long weekends. According to the trade, scrap availability during May differed considerably across the country. More