Copper output rises by 14%

(Reuters) – Copper output in Zambia, Africa’s top producer, rose 14 percent to 697,860 tonnes in 2009 versus 611,940 tonnes in 2008 the central bank said on Monday.

The central bank said copper exports in 2009 increased to 675,384 from 587,125 tonnes the previous year.

Cobalt production shot up to 5,879 tonnes last year compared with 4,617 tonnes in 2008 and export rose to 5,868 tonnes in 2009 from 4,610 tonnes, the central bank said.

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