Chemicals and the Economy

M&S dumps free plastic bags
29th February 2008 by

China’s move last month to charge for plastic bags has now been followed by the iconic UK retailer...

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Japan’s factory output weakens
28th February 2008 by

The blog has been following the debate over ‘decoupling’ with some interest. With the US going i...

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US housing weakens, UK follows
26th February 2008 by

US housing markets are getting worse. Today’s S&P/Case-Schiller index showed prices declined 8...

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‘Largest ever peacetime liquidity crisis’ says Bank of England
26th February 2008 by

Its not often that one gets clear statements from central bankers. Today’s comment from the Bank o...

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Wheat prices add to CFO concerns
26th February 2008 by

Wheat prices rose 25% yesterday, the biggest one-day rise ever, as Kazakhstan imposed restrictions o...

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BASF – the oil and gas company
24th February 2008 by

BASF Chairman Jürgen Hambrecht sounded confident last week, following their annual results. 2007 sa...

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4 issues driving today’s oil price
21st February 2008 by

Quietly, oil has moved back to the $100/bbl level. This is quite different from January, when it fir...

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The law of unintended consequences
19th February 2008 by

There’s an interesting article on Bloomberg, suggesting that the US Fed’s dramatic interest rate...

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UK nationalises Northern Rock
18th February 2008 by

The UK government has today nationalised the country’s 8th largest bank, responsible for 18.9% of ...

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China exports inflation
17th February 2008 by

China has been a major source of price deflation for the past decade. It is now the world’s leadin...

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