Copper output higher from Zambia

[] — COPPER output in Zambia, the number one producer of the metal in Africa, rose to 636,528 tonnes from January to November 2009 versus 536,460 tonnes in the same period the previous year, the central bank said on Tuesday.

Zambia’s central bank, the Bank of Zambia said in a fortnightly report copper exports also rose to 612,021 tonnes between January and November 2009 compared with 517,674 tonnes in the corresponding period in 2008.

Cobalt production in the period under review rose to 5,464 tonnes from 4,324 tonnes and exports increased to 5,275 tonnes from 4,259 tonnes, the central bank said.