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Operating and financial review

Group overview

Anglo American is a global leader in mining, focused on adding value for shareholders, customers, employees and the communities in which it operates.

The Group’s unique portfolio of high quality mining assets includes precious, base and bulk commodities.

The five core mining businesses are Platinum, Diamonds, Base Metals, Iron Ore (Ferrous Metals) and Coal.

The Group is geographically diverse with an operating footprint spanning 45 countries.

Basis of disclosure

This operating and financial review (OFR) describes the main trends and factors underlying the development, performance and position of Anglo American plc (the Group) during the year ended 31 December 2008, as well as those likely to affect the future development, performance and position. It has been prepared in line with the guidance provided in the reporting statement on the operating and financial review issued by the UK Accounting Standards Board in January 2006.

Forward looking statements

This OFR contains certain forward looking statements with respect to the financial condition, results, operations and businesses of the Group. These statements and forecasts involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that occur in the future. There are a number of factors that could cause actual results or developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward looking statements.