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This compares with China Iron & Steel Assn’s estimate of 65.015 million tonnes earlier this month.

NBS data also showed that June’s daily crude steel output averaged 2.155 million tonnes, down 0.3% from that in May.

China produced 389.87 million tonnes of crude steel over the first six months of 2013, up 7.4% year-on-year. The average daily output during the first half was 2.154 million tonnes.

Meanwhile, the country’s finished steel output saw a 10.2% increase on the year in January-June to reach 516.96 million tonnes.