Coal production decreases in Russia

The coal production in Russia amounted to 138m tons in the period fromJanuary to July 2002, which was 11.3 percent lower than in thecorresponding period last year, the Russian State Statistics Committeereported. Coke production was 17.9m tons in this period, which was 2.5higher that in the first seven months of 2001. The volume of iron oreproduction increased by 0.1 percent to 48.3m tons..