BEIJING, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- China's 10 major non-ferrous medals saw faster output expansion in the first eight months of this year, official data showed.
Total output reached 38.63 million tonnes in the Jan.-Aug. period, up 4.6 percent year on year, 0.8 percentage points faster over one year ago, according to the National Development and Reform Commission.
Output of copper reached 6.15 million tonnes, up 5.8 percent year on year. The country's lead production expanded 18.8 percent to 3.96 million tonnes.
Profits in the nonferrous metals sector rose 9.7 percent year-on-year in the period, and the growth rate was 3.7 percentage points higher than that of the first seven months, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed.