China's crude steel output was 1.42 million tonnes a day in February, equivalent to about 520 million tonnes a year and a worrying oversupply, Deng Qilin, chairman of the China Iron & Steel Association, said on Friday.

According to a Reuters calculation, that means February output totalled 39.76 million tonnes, a 5.2 percent increase on the 37.79 million tonnes produced in December 2008, a longer month and the last month for which data is available.

Deng, who is also president of Wuhan Iron & Steel Group, said his company would cut output by 15-20 percent and aimed for sales of 120 billion yuan ($17.55 billion) this year. ($1=6.839 Yuan)

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