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Tin output won't keep pace with demand

The metal is bucking the trend of global surplus for other base metals

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SOUGHT AFTER METAL: While economic growth is slowing in China, the biggest consumer, reduced production has sent tin inventories tracked by the LME to a seven-year low this month.

New York

SMART phones, cars and a prolonged mining slump are creating tighter supplies of tin, a metal used mostly as solder for electrical circuits.

Demand for tin remains strong from all sorts of manufacturers, from makers of food cans and building materials to iPads and Oscar

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