Business & Finance: Copper Mysteries

When copper producers were questioned last week about July output, sales and stocks of the red metal, a blank silence resulted. Previously these figures had been made available each month, and the new policy of concealment was therefore a drastic change from that pursued before.

Behind this reticence of copper producers as to the vital statistics of their business lies a grievance against the leading buyers and manufacturers of copper. The latter, it is claimed, have right along been unwilling to put their cards on the table by revealing their requirements, yet they have...

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