LONDON.- Copper closed with another loss today, this time of 3.91%, at the London Metal Exchange (LME) after trading for US$ 1.58485 per pound of "grade A" material, compared to US$ 1.64926 on Wednesday and US$ 1.66355 on Tuesday.
As a result, the monthly average dropped to US$ 1.61544, although the yearly average rose to US$ 1.50576.
According to the National Office of Statistics, China's yearly growth in industrial production fell to a historic low of 3.8% in January and February, from 5.7% in December. Economists had been projecting an increase of 6.4%.
China is the world's largest industrial and consumer metals producer.
"They are really bad; definitely lower than expected", Numis Securities Analyst Richard Knights said of the figures.
Meanwhile, the future 3-month price quote ended at US$ 1.59914 per pound, down 3.83% from Wednesday (US$ 1.66287).
At the LME, stocks increased by 2,450 metric tons to 504,325. So far this year, there has been an accumulated increase of 164,550 MT (+48.43%).