China iron ore output up 1.5% in May

BEIJING - China's iron ore output expanded faster in May, official data showed.

The country's iron ore output totaled 70.787 million tons last month, up 1.5 percent year-on-year, faster than the 1.2-percent growth in April, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said.

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Iron ore is unloaded at Rizhao Port, Shandong province. [Photo by Zhang Lei/For China Daily]

China saw shrinking output of refined copper in May, which fell by 5.2 percent to reach 711,000 tons.

Output of aluminum oxide posted slower growth in May, up 0.1 percent year-on-year, compared with 4.2 percent in April.

Growth of China's production of 10 major non-ferrous metals, including zinc, nickel and tin, slowed from April's 4.9 percent to 2.2 percent in May.


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