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Rio Tinto noted strong Chinese iron ore demand in first quarter

Rio Tinto shipped out 5 percent more iron ore during the first quarter of this year against the same period of 2019. Volumes fell, however, during the fourth quarter.

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Mining company Rio Tinto handled more iron ore in this year's first quarter, as demand from China remained strong, the company writes in a statement.

Altogether, the mining firm shipped 73 million tons of iron ore during the first three months of the year, 5 percent more than the same period last year. This development was driven by a robust improvement throughout the company's network in March and following a hurricane in February.

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