Chemicals and the Economy

China’s polyethylene demand growth remains slow
31st March 2012 by

There are increasing signs that China’s economic growth is slowing. Local gasoline and diesel ...

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Why benzene trumps traditional economic indicators
29th March 2012 by

The blog is very pleased to have been invited to contribute to the Financial Times’ new FT Dat...

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New policies needed to restore growth
28th March 2012 by

Politicians seem to be floundering as they seek to restore growth to the Western economy. Their pres...

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High-frequency trading distorts oil markets
27th March 2012 by

A blog reader has kindly forwarded an important UNCTAD paper (UN Conference on Trade and Development...

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Petchems ‘sailing towards a storm’
26th March 2012 by

Q1 should have been a strong quarter for global petchem demand: • Buyers had to restock in the New...

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“Old age” becomes a major cost for UK taxpayers
24th March 2012 by

Taxes, like death, are inevitable. But very few people have much idea of how their money is spent. T...

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Chinese want affordability not luxury
23rd March 2012 by

The Financial Times has kindly published the letter below from the blog today. It argues that afford...

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Global stock markets reverse previous losses
22nd March 2012 by

The blog’s 6-monthly review of major stock markets highlights their continuing volatility. Las...

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China’s economy continues to slow
21st March 2012 by

Latest data confirms the growth slowdown now underway in China: • Rmb bank lending (purple column)...

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EU auto sales fall 10% in February
20th March 2012 by

EU auto sales are back at early 2009 levels. This was the height of the slump that followed the star...

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