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Chile April copper output down 1.2 pct on strikes, operational woes, grades
May 30, 2013 / 1:12 PM / 4 years ago

Chile April copper output down 1.2 pct on strikes, operational woes, grades

SANTIAGO, May 30 (Reuters) - World No. 1 copper producer
Chile produced 441,668 tonnes of the red metal in April
, a 1.2 percent drop from a year earlier, on
strikes, problems with productive lines and lower ore grades in
some deposits, the government said on Thursday. 
    Chile, which produces a third of the world's copper, is
struggling with dwindling ore grades in many of its aging
deposits, although new mines have helped increase output this
year.                     
                          April 2013           
                                           
 Percent change y/y         -1.2                 
                                           
                                           
       Tonnes              441,668

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