Rio Tinto copper output rises 5% but 2012 forecast trimmed

Jul 17, 2012 | 01:16 PM | Shivani Singh

Tags  Rio Tinto, copper, Escondida Mine, uranium, gold, shivani singh

SINGAPORE — Rio Tinto Plc’s mined copper output rose 5 percent in the second quarter, primarily due to processing efficiencies and higher copper grades at the Escondida Mine in Chile, the company said Tuesday.

Mined copper in the three months ending June 30 totaled 133,500 tonnes vs. 127,200 tonnes in the same period last year, although refined copper production fell 45.2 percent to 49,300 tonnes from 89,900 tonnes. ....

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