Few signs of optimism in today’s petchem markets
30th April 2012 by

The above chart reflects the weekly changes in the 4 benchmark petchem products that launched the Ie...

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US home prices slip as foreclosures increase
28th April 2012 by

Since 2007, every spring sees a rush of forecasters to claim that – finally – the US hou...

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EU faces US competition in PVC export markets
26th April 2012 by

The blog continues this week’s special series on chloralkali and PVC markets by looking at EU ...

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Shale gas supports US PVC exports
25th April 2012 by

Yesterday the blog discussed caustic soda, and the recent importance of China’s metal demand. ...

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China’s downturn slows caustic soda markets
24th April 2012 by

As promised yesterday, the blog is running a special series of posts this week focused on chloralkal...

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Downturn Monitor approaches its anniversary
23rd April 2012 by

It is almost a year since the blog launched its IeC Downturn Monitor. The aim was to try and avoid t...

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Eurozone sees €789bn capital flight to the North
21st April 2012 by

The blog’s many friends in the petchem industry in S Europe have become more frequent visitors...

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US job vacancy rates worse than in 1970s and 1980s
19th April 2012 by

The above slide appears to be a series of random lines, at first glance. But it comes from an import...

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US, China, EU auto sales up just 1% in Q1
18th April 2012 by

Autos are the largest single market for chemical and polymer sales. And the USA, China and EU are th...

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China lending jumps to hit $380bn Q1 target
17th April 2012 by

China’s leaders have a lot to worry about. The purge of Bo Xilai has now been followed by news...

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