Asian Chemical Connections
Although 2011 started off with strong signs of recovery in many markets, by the second half the worsening banking and eurozone crisis began to sap confidence. Growth has continued to be lacklustre in 2012.
In some emerging markets growth decelerated sharply as the knock-on effect of problems in mature markets rippled across the globe. Many Latin American companies achieved double-digit sales growth. But slowing growth in Brazil hit results for Braskem.
INSIGHT: Wall Street to slash chems earnings estimates on lower oil
"The premise of whether lower or higher oil prices are better for chemical producers is still a point of debate."
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