LONDON, Nov 16, 2011 (Dow Jones) -- The global aluminum market was in surplus by 638,500 metric tons in the first nine months of the year, the World Bureau of Metal Statistics said Wednesday.
This compares with a surplus of 859,000 tons in the same period a year before.
Demand for primary aluminum in the first nine months of 2011 was 32.15 million tons, 1.814 million tons more than in the same period the previous year.
Production in January to September rose by 1.594 million tons following a 4.17 million ton increase over the whole of 2010. The WBMS did not provide a nine-month production figure.