According to data compiled by Metals Focus, global gold mine production increased by 5% in 2013. Russia increased production by a whopping 8% last year, 620,000 ounces, to overtake the United States as the world's #3 gold producer. U.S. gold production slipped 2%, but even had it remained at 2012 levels, Russia would still have taken away the #3 spot.
China of course is still the biggest gold producer in the world, while at the same time being the world's biggest gold consumer. None of the over 14 million ounces of gold produced in China last year was exported. South Africa took the #5 spot from Peru, as Peru's production slipped 3%.
Global Gold Production 2012 - 2013
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