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Chilean miner Antofagasta saw its half-year profit soar to $1.784-billion, from $388-million in the same period of 2020, and said it will pay an interim dividend of 23.6c a share, benefiting from higher copper and gold prices.

Antofagasta, majority owned by Chile’s Luksic family, said its earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortisation (Ebitda) rose to a record $2.4-billion in the first six months of 2021, compared to $2.7-billion for the whole of 2020.

Its interim dividend in the first half of 2020 totalled 6.2c a share.