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Oil prices up slightly in thin holiday trading

Prices supported by disruptions to oil supplies in Nigeria, Iraq and plans by major producers to freeze output

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OIL prices climbed in thin Easter holiday trading on Monday, adding to gains in recent weeks as optimism holds that a production freeze among major producers may be implemented.

Brent crude futures were up 22 US cents at US$40.66 per barrel at 1250 GMT. Last week, the contract fell 76 US cents, or nearly 2 per cent, in its first decline in five weeks. US crude's front-month contract was up 42 US cents at US$39.88 a barrel.

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