Mining giant BHP Billiton's iron ore production rises but gas slips

Sydney (AFP) - Mining giant BHP Billiton Wednesday reported an increase in iron ore output for the June quarter but a decline in gas production as shale projects were delayed due to weak oil prices.

The Anglo-Australian firm said ore output for the three months to June rose by six percent from the same period last year.

This took the overall increase for the 2015 financial year which ended on June 30 to 14 percent, for a record 233 million tonnes of iron ore.

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