CEOs remain cautious over 2010 Outlook
27th February 2010 by

The blog’s quarterly survey of company Outlook statements shows CEOs remain very cautious. The...

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World trade sees biggest fall in 65 years, GDP declines
25th February 2010 by

World trade fell 12% last year, its worst decline since 1945. First estimates also suggest global GD...

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Carrefour CEO sees “challenging” times ahead
24th February 2010 by

France’s Carrefour is the world’s 2nd largest retailer, with sales of €86bn ($117bn). ...

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US housing starts 74% below 2006 peak
23rd February 2010 by

15% of Americans were either in foreclosure, or at least one payment overdue, according to the Q4 Mo...

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Middle East, Chinese, petchem capacity starts to arrive
22nd February 2010 by

The blog spent a fruitful afternoon last week, going through ICIS news reports of cracker start-ups ...

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Butadiene supply tightens as cracker feeds lighten
21st February 2010 by

One of the key conclusions in our 2008 Study, ‘Feedstocks for Profit’, was that butadien...

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Wal-Mart’s US sales reduced by deflation
18th February 2010 by

Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer with $400bn sales, saw deflation in its core US market ...

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Volt to use ethanol as well as electricity
18th February 2010 by

The blog has been following the development of GM’s new all-electric car, the Chevrolet Volt, ...

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China’s lending causes central bank headache
17th February 2010 by

No wonder alarm bells were ringing in China’s central bank last week. The above chart (from Ch...

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EU auto sales benefit from scrappage schemes
16th February 2010 by

The European Union was the leading auto market in the world in 2009. It sold 14.4m, versus 13.6m in ...

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