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Copper growth lifts Mexico mining output

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Production in Mexico's mining-metallurgy sector grew by 1.8% in June, from the same month in 2013, with copper and sulfur leading the rise, according to statistics agency Inegi.

Copper output increased 6.8% to 40,895t, with sulfur up 4.4% to 88,770t, Inegi said in a report. Lead and silver was up 0.2% to 15,740t and 398t (12.8Moz) respectively, while gold production rose 0.1% to 8.45t (271,667oz).

Coke production was up 0.1% to 184,165t, with non-coking coal output flat at 1.08Mt. Zinc output declined 0.3% to 34,866t, while fluorite production fell 0.5% to 101,118t, iron pellets were down 3.7% to 561,532t and gypsum dropped 10.4% to 446,979t. Total output was up 2.23% from May, when production fell 3.4% on the same month of 2013.


During H1, total production declined 4.2% from the year-ago period, Inegi said. Gold production in the half was 1.46Moz, down from 1.62Moz, with silver down at 74.7Moz from 76.2Moz and copper up at 225,163t from 217,192t.

Zinc output was 206,789t, up from 203,577t, with lead production at 94,652t, down from 96,088t, and iron pellet production at 3.87Mt, down from 4.08Mt.

Mexico is the world's biggest silver miner and a top 10 producer of gold, copper, zinc and lead.

Article Credit: Bnamericas

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