Metal, chemical firms hiking prices to cover costs


By Steve James NEW YORK, June 30 (Reuters) - Kaiser Aluminum Corp and Airgas Inc on Monday joined a growing list of manufacturers levying surcharges or raising prices in order to pass along higher energy and raw material costs to customers. The moves, following two recent price hikes by Dow Chemical Co and huge increases in surcharges by AK Steel Holding Corp , has prompted debate on whether asking customers to cover extra production costs will hurt demand. U.S. Steel Corp Chief ...

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