The end of constant growth
30th August 2012 by

“You cannot just sit back and expect things to happen the way they have happened in the past, ...

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Brazil’s PE exports confirm its GDP slowdown
29th August 2012 by

Emerging countries such as China and Brazil are very prompt in publishing trade data. So their figur...

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China’s polyethylene demand disappoints, again
28th August 2012 by

Trade statistics present an awkward problem for the cheerleaders in financial markets. They show wha...

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Chemical companies squeezed in the value chain
27th August 2012 by

It is hard to imagine a more difficult outlook for the rest of the year: • Speculators have increa...

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Fashion discovers the New Old 55+ generation
25th August 2012 by

Slowly, consumer companies are waking up to the fact that youth markets have gone ex-growth in the d...

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80 is the new 60, as youth markets go ex-growth
23rd August 2012 by

The G7 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK, USA) account for nearly 50% of global G...

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Bio-based chemicals take another step forward
22nd August 2012 by

Novozymes, the bio-innovation company, have kindly sent the blog news of their new fungus. They beli...

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China’s auto dealers cut prices as inventories rise
21st August 2012 by

All is not well with China’s auto market. On the surface, as the chart shows, sales appear to ...

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‘High raw material prices are killing some markets’
20th August 2012 by

Nobody rings a bell at market tops or bottoms. Instead, one has to look for the divergences that sug...

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Investors pay Switzerland to borrow from them
18th August 2012 by

2 years ago, Italy was paying 3.82% to borrow for 10 years (red column). Spain was paying 4.11%. The...

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