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Aluminum Bookings Climb on Jump in Tyne and Wear Storage

Orders to withdraw aluminum from warehouses approved by the London Metal Exchange climbed the most in almost two months on bookings in Tyne and Wear, northeastern England.

The orders, known as canceled warrants, rose for the first time in nine sessions, climbing 67,600 metric tons, or 4 percent, the most since June 14, to 1.75 million tons, exchange data showed today. A total of 47,700 tons were canceled in Tyne and Wear, where 83 percent of inventories now await delivery.

“Given the rather subdued state of the U.K. economy, it will be interesting to see what happens to those units, if anything,” Leon Westgate, an analyst at Standard Bank Plc in London, said today in a report.

Aluminum inventories fell 0.1 percent to 4.87 million tons. Stockpiles in Tyne and Wear are down 5 percent at 57,575 tons this year and represent 1.2 percent of global inventories of the lightweight metal. All six LME-approved storage points in the area are operated by NEMS Ltd., a warehouse company owned by Trafigura Beheer BV.

Exchange data also showed today a total of 22,000 tons of aluminum were booked for delivery at the Dutch port of Vlissingen, bringing the total number of orders there to 841,225 tons.

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