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Big growth for Australian mining giant

BHP Billiton improved both its underlying EBIT and underlying attributable profit as evident in the company's interim report for the first half of 2013. The result was especially caused by an increased focus on productivity and volumes.

The world's largest mining company, BHP Billiton, is focusing hard on productivity and volumes, and this focus has now paid off.

In the company's interim report for the first half of 2013, ending in December, the underlying profit before interests and taxes increased by 15 percent, to USD 12.4 billion, and the underlying attributable profit grew by 31 percent, to USD 7.8 billion.

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