Vale profit plunges

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Vale1234 Reuters.

Rio de Janeiro - Profits at the world's top iron ore producer, Brazilian mining giant Vale, dived 89.2 percent to $584 million (R6.3 billion) in 2013, the firm said Wednesday.

The company also posted a net loss that more than doubled in the fourth quarter of 2013 from the previous year, from $2.615 billion to $6.451 billion.

Vale did, however, report record production of iron ore, copper ore, copper, gold and coal.

But it said profit was hit hard by a series of “non-recurring events,” including increased costs and currency woes.

“The result is positive even after all the non-recurring events, demonstrating the quality of our assets and operations that have been able to absorb the impact,” the company said in a note to markets.

Vale had reported a full-year net profit of $5.454 billion in 2012.

In December, Vale announced it planned to cut investments for the third year in a row, down to $14.8 billion in 2014. - Sapa-AFP

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