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World of commodities upside down

Full extent of rout will depend on whether prices have further to fall.

BUSINESS NOT USUAL: The Anglo American's platinum mine in Rustenburg, northwest of Johannesburg. The company is suspending its dividend, halving its business units, as well as unloading mines and smelters. Its workforce of 135,000 will be reduced to 50,000 employees.

THE pain among energy and mining producers worsened again on Tuesday, as one of the industry's largest players cut its workforce by nearly two-thirds and Chinese trade data amplified concerns about the country's appetite for commodities.

The full extent of the shakeout will depend on