* Jan-Feb copper output down from previous 2 months on Lunar
* Copper production at 1,056,793 tonnes
(Adds analyst comment, forecast and other metals)
By Polly Yam
HONG KONG, March 18 China's refined copper
output in the first two months of 2014 rose 6.57 percent from
the same period a year earlier as smelters continued to expand
Total refined copper production stood at 1,056,793 tonnes in
January to February, data from the statistics bureau showed on
The bureau did not release monthly figures for January and
February. Output figures are often distorted by the Lunar New
Year holiday, which fell between late January and early February
The production fell nearly 17 percent from the previous two
months in November and December 2013.
"The main reason of lower production was the Lunar New Year
holiday," Jinrui Futures' analyst Guo Hao said, of the fall from
the previous two months.
Guo said smelters typically slowed operations during the
holiday. Monthly production in March would rise from January and
February since smelters were operating normally, he added.
Primary aluminium production in the first two months of 2014
rose 7.2 percent to 3,770,375 tonnes, the data showed.
The production fell 3 percent from two months in November
and December 2013.
The data also showed that in the first two months of this
year, China produced 676,088 tonnes of refined lead, up 6.07
percent year-on-year, and 820,213 tonnes of refined zinc, up
Production of nickel rose 9.8 percent year-on-year to 46,295
tonnes in the first two months and of tin surged 14.01 percent
to 23,812 tonnes.
(Reporting by Polly Yam; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier)