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Rio Tinto sugar hits can't last

Sugar hits in the form of oversized cash returns to shareholders – dividends, special dividends and buybacks – have become de rigueur for Rio Tinto.

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Rio shareholders have developed a taste for sugar

A repaired balance sheet, constrained growth ambitions, commodity price improvements, and huge proceeds from widespread portfolio "optimisation'' have made it all possible.