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BHP looks to trim the fat and focus on its core

Mining giant BHP Billiton has signalled a possible demerger of mining assets worth an estimated £11bn as the company sharpens its focus on its core businesses. According to an April statement, the company now feels a portfolio focused on iron ore, copper, coal and energy assets would generate stronger growth in free cash flow and a superior return on investment. But what would such a massive divestment mean for the industry?

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