Oil: BHP Billiton's trump card

BHP Billiton’s December half profit was always going to be up massively thanks to the tailwind that came from the across-the-board improvement in commodity prices in the period. By Barry FitzGerald

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But that is not to detract from the role that the productivity drive of the last four years under chief executive Andrew Mackenzie played in ensuring that the full benefit to the bottom line of