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A downturn in mining activity has contributed to a 40 per cent fall in half-year profit for laboratory services company ALS, but it expects earnings to grow in the current quarter.
Mining explorer Heron Resources has been forced to hold a spill of its board of directors after suffering a shareholder revolt at its annual general meeting.
Iron ore miners have bounced back from last week's big hit to their share prices after a surprise rate cut in China raised hopes for its steel-intensive housing sector.
BHP Billiton has increased plans for productivity gains by half a billion dollars to US$4 ($4.61) billion by 2017.

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