LONDON, March 31 (Reuters) - Industrial metal copper on the London Metal Exchange ended the first quarter up 31.6 percent, the largest percentage gain since the second quarter of 2006. Three-month copper closed at $4,040 a tonne on Tuesday. Lead was up 27.1 percent from the end of December last year and zinc added 9.3 percent. Benchmark aluminium ended at $1,392 a tonne, a drop of 9.6 percent from the end of December last year, tin lost 3.3 percent and nickel slipped 16.2 percent. ...
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