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Sibanye-Stillwater confirms first-half loss as gold strike weighs

Precious metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater confirmed on Thursday that it swung into the red in the first half as a five-month strike at its South African gold operations weighed on profits.

JOHANNESBURG, Aug 29 (Reuters) - Precious metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater SGLJ.J confirmed on Thursday that it swung into the red in the first half as a five-month strike at its South African gold operations weighed on profits.

Sibanye reported a headline loss for the six months to June 30 of 54 cents per share compared with a profit of 4 cents per share in the year ago period, in line with what the firm had already flagged to the market on Tuesday.

(Reporting by Tanisha Heiberg; Editing by Susan Fenton)

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