The primary use of lead is in motor vehicle batteries,
but it is also used in cable sheathing, shot for ammunition and alloying.
Lead in chemical form is used in alloys, glass and plastics. Lead
is widely recycled, with secondary production accounting in recent
years for approximately half of total supply.
The following graph
sets forth for the periods indicated by the London Metal Exchange
the prices of lead in U.S. dollars per pound.