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Australia's iron ore output heads for first downturn in 20 years

Nation's economy relies heavily on mining exports to a weakening China

A Fortescue Metals Group worker checks a truck loaded with iron ore. Deliveries by the mining company may have decreased by 3%.   © Reuters

SYDNEY -- Australia's output of iron ore is on pace for the first decline in two decades, driven by the Chinese slowdown and a run of bad luck at home, and this decrease threatens to end the country's record economic expansion.

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