September 30, 2019 / 1:22 PM / 16 days ago

UPDATE 1-Chile lithium, copper output up in August, manufacturing falls

 (Recasts lede, updates with detail on increase in mining
output, lithium figures)
    SANTIAGO, Sept 30 (Reuters) - Chile's production of both
copper and lithium jumped in August, even as the country's
manufacturing production dropped 1.5 percent
compared with the same month the previous year, government data
showed on Monday.
    The drop in manufacturing output was driven primarily by a
year-on-year fall in the production of food products, the
government statistics agency INE said.
    Copper output in world top copper producer Chile rose 11
percent to 517,902 tonnes in August compared to the same month
the previous year, INE said, while non-metallic mining jumped 18
percent, driven by an increase in the output of lithium
carbonate.  
    Total mining production increased 5.3 percent in 12 months,
boosted by a low basis for comparison the previous August and
improving ore grades this year. 
    Chile's mining industry has sputtered thus far in 2019, set
back by heavy rains in the north Chilean desert, where many
mines are located, and a plummeting global copper price.
    
 Manufacturing     August      July 2019   August
 Output            2019                    2018
 Change on month   -0.6        0.5         1.9
 (pct)                                     
 Change on year    -1.5        5.7         4.2
 (pct)                                     
 
  
    

 (Reporting by Dave Sherwood;
Editing by Alison Williams and Nick Zieminski)
  
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