A comparison of price changes during 2009 published by Bloomberg on 4 January, shows tin registering an above average increase, but well below that of some metals and other commodities.

The LME tin price rose by 58% in the year to 31 December 2009, as end-December 2008 was about the low point in the slump following the start of the global financial crisis. Over the same period the CRB commodity price index rose by 23%

The biggest prices rises were recorded by lead (+143%) and copper (+140%), and 9 of 37 commodities covered by the Bloomberg analysis more than doubled in price. At the other end of the spectrum, the prices of many agricultural commodities stagnated and 5 commodities fell in price, the worst performer being robusta coffee (-14%).