October 10, 2008 / 4:12 AM / 11 years ago

Nickel falls 10 pct, metals rout gathers pace

SINGAPORE, Oct 10 (Reuters) - London Metal Exchange nickel futures tumbled 10 percent on Friday to their lowest in just under three years as worries about a global economic meltdown sent investors running from industrial raw materials.

By 0358 GMT, London Metal exchange nickel MNI3=LX fell $1,250 to $12,150 a tonne, after dipping as low at $12,050, its weakest since November 2005.

LME copper MCU3=LX dropped 9 percent and Shanghai metals slumped by their downside limits after plunging equity markets fanned fears the world is heading for a deep and lasting economic downturn. (Reporting by Nick Trevethan; Editing by Kim Coghill)

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