Chemicals and the Economy

EU auto sales fall 7% in April
24th May 2010 by

April 2009 wasn’t a great month for EU auto sales. Volumes (red line) were down 11.6% versus A...

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Preparing for an Age of Austerity in public spending
22nd May 2010 by

The blog has sometimes despaired of the cheer-leading and wishful thinking of too many leading polic...

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Crude oil falls as markets reassess economic outlook
20th May 2010 by

On 6 May, the blog warned that “it would be very nervous indeed about holding a long position&...

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Retailers still see challenging times ahead
19th May 2010 by

The blog is a great believer in the forecasting power of the major retailers. The top 3 global compa...

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IMF warns on government spending
18th May 2010 by

The global economy and the chemical industry have been boosted, since the Crisis began in 2008, by m...

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Dow focuses on Performance, Market-Driven businesses
17th May 2010 by

10 years ago, Dow was in the middle of completing its $12bn Union Carbide acquisition. This made it ...

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Deepwater Horizon to lead to more regulation
15th May 2010 by

The blog gained some key insights into the current M&A landscape this week, at the annual Pilko...

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A new way of travelling light
13th May 2010 by

As a very frequent traveller, the blog was intrigued by a flight attendant’s tip for packing m...

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India’s motor industry focuses on ‘Nano’ cars
12th May 2010 by

India was the only major country to see auto production growing last year. With the Asian Petchem In...

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The Bank of Dad and Mum rules
11th May 2010 by

Paul McCulley of Pimco, the world’s largest bond fund managers, has been continually insightfu...

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