July 22: Beverage can shipments in the US from April to June were down 2.9 percent on the same period last year.
In what is usually the strongest quarter of the year, shipments slipped to 27.2 billion, according to the Washington-based Can Makers Institute.
This was mostly due to a slump in cans for soft drinks, which fell 4.4 percent to 18.4 billion.

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