By Neil Hume
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The mining industry underlined its status as one of the hottest spots in a global economy battling back from the pandemic after BHP declared a record dividend and Glencore said it would resume payouts to investors. A blistering run in the price of commodities from their Covid lows in March is fuelling speculation that the world may be in the first leg of a supercycle, fanned by robust appetite in China and expected demand from elsewhere as governments plan large infrastructure projects to help revive growth.