10 July 2012 19:26 [Source: ICIS news]
The decline came after a 0.6% increase in chemical production in April from March, the National Institute for Statistics and Economics (INSEE) said.
On a three-month sequential comparison – March to May vis-à-vis December to February – chemical production was up 1.8%.
Output of plastics and rubber products was down 1.2% in May from April, following a 1.4% decline in April from March. On the three-month sequential comparison, plastics and rubber output was down 0.1%.
On the sequential three-month comparison, manufacturing output was down 0.2%, INSEE said.
Paul Hodges studies key influences shaping the chemical industry in his Chemicals and the Economy Blog
|ICIS news FREE TRIAL|
|Get access to breaking chemical news as it happens.|
|ICIS Global Petrochemical Index (IPEX)|
Asian Chemical Connections