Yahoo! News – BHP Billiton profits surge 40 per cent: “Chip Goodyear, chief executive, cited strong demand for base metals from China as one factor for higher profits. About 10 per cent of the group’s sales are now to China, compared with 5 per cent a year ago. But he also noted that demand from the US and Japan was picking up. ‘Japan is as economically healthy as it has been for 15 years,’ he said. ‘A synchronised global recovery is not out of the realms of possibility.‘ “

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