Copper Futures Slide as Chinese Production Climbs in First Half

  • Output in China jumps by 7.6% as smelter margins improve
  • Nickel, other metals drop as dollar touches seven-week high

Copper retreated on concern that supply will keep outpacing demand as data showed rising output in China, the biggest producer and user of refined metal. A stronger dollar also hit commodities priced in the currency.

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