By Daniel Hunter

Anglo American have said that they fully expect the demand for commodities to remain 'robust'.

The mining giants saw their operating profits rise by 14% to a record high of $11.1 billion (£7 billion).

A strong performance by its iron ore business offset weaker prices and volume for its copper operation.

"Sustained growth in the emerging economies should underpin robust demand for commodities, albeit with a degree of short-term volatility, while the signs of economic recovery and stimulus in the US. should provide a further fillip." said company chief executive Cynthia Carroll in the earnings release.

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