However, the European division, which includes the Port Talbot steelworks, eked out an operating profit of £90m during the quarter.
Sterling weakness and an extensive cost cutting programme were credited with improving the division’s fortunes.
The sale earlier this year of its Scunthorpe plant to investment group Greybull Capital weighed on European results though.
Meanwhile, steelworkers from across the country came together at the TUC Congress in Brighton, vowing to step up efforts to protect the Port Talbot steelworks. A drawn out sales process was put on hold in July due to the possibility of a European tie-up with ThyssenKrupp.