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Writing Task 1: The average monthly change in the prices of three metals

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The graph below shows the average monthly change in the prices of three metals during 2014.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

Write at least 150 words.

Sample Answer

The line chart shows how the prices of copper, nickel, and zinc changed each month in 2014. Copper and nickel prices went down overall, while zinc prices went up slightly. Nickel had the most significant price fluctuations between months.

In January 2014, nickel prices increased by 6% compared to the previous month, which was higher than copper (2%) and zinc (1%). However, nickel prices dropped to 1% by March and reached a low of -3% by June. The changes for copper and zinc were less dramatic, with zinc seeing a 3% increase in February before a downward trend for the first half of the year. Copper prices also fell, mostly staying around 1% to -1%.

In the second half of the year, nickel prices continued to decline, except for a 1% increase at the end of the year. Copper prices remained stable around 1% from July onwards, with a small increase in December. Zinc prices had a slight drop of 0.5% for most of the latter part of the year, followed by a surge of 2% in December, which was the highest point reached among all the minerals’ prices.

189 words

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