Chemicals and the Economy

Paul Hodges

The other side of the China debate
30th April 2011 by

There are always two sides to every debate. Dow Chemical CEO, Andrew Liveris, clearly has a radicall...

Wal-Mart says consumers under “more pressure”
28th April 2011 by

The major retail groups are excellent indicators of future trends in chemical consumption. Since bef...

New Normal seminar in Frankfurt in June
27th April 2011 by

A major demographic shift is underway in the Western population. 253 million babies were born in the...

Buy a US home – get a $17k car free
26th April 2011 by

The New Normal has definitely arrived in the US housing market. US new home sales are down 80% from ...

China’s empty shopping malls
25th April 2011 by

The South China Mall opened nearly 6 years ago. Nearly 3 times the size of Minnesota’s vast Ma...

Europe’s 2-speed auto market
23rd April 2011 by

EU auto sales are a critical market for chemical companies. So far, 2011 volumes have been stable, d...

Anecdotal evidence
21st April 2011 by

ICIS pricing reports are a treasure trove of information for buyers and sellers. They can also provi...

Oil markets prepare for post-QE2 world
20th April 2011 by

The decision by S&P, the ratings agency, to put the USA’s AAA debt rating on review is a p...

Ethylene derivative imports threaten European markets
19th April 2011 by

The chart above is a flashing amber light for European cracker operators. Based on ICIS Pricing data...

China’s inflation out of control
18th April 2011 by

China’s inflation hit 5.4% last month. As the chart above shows, it has more than doubled over...

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