Platinum Demand Fell

Platinum Demand Fell

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Employees mount an engine into a Mini automobile, by Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW), at the company's Cowley plant in Oxford, U.K. Platinum demand fell 15 percent in 2009, the most in almost three decades, as the global economy contracted 0.7 percent and use by automakers declined 40 percent, London-based Johnson Matthey estimates.