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Aluminum Surplus Seen by WBMS for First Six Months This Year

August 16, 2012

Aluminum production exceeded demand by 381,000 metric tons in the first six months this year, compared with a surplus of almost 1.8 million tons for all of last year, according to the World Bureau of Metal Statistics.

Copper was in shortage at 129,000 tons, the Ware, England- based WBMS said in a statement yesterday.

Metal          Jan.- June 2012      Jan. - June 2011
                  (balance in metric tons)

Aluminum         381,000            1,797,900
Copper          -129,000              433,000
Lead              40,800                4,300
Zinc             264,000              551,000
Nickel            56,000                7,000
Tin                1,400                  --

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