Chemicals and the Economy

India’s auto sales fall for record 6th month
30th May 2013 by

As the above chart shows, India’s auto sales have now fallen for the last 6 months versus the ...

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European cracker operating rates drop below 80%
29th May 2013 by

Q1 was another miserable quarter for EU olefin producers. As the chart shows, based on APPE data, et...

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China’s polyethylene market sees slow growth
28th May 2013 by

The usual flow of China’s polyethylene (PE) production data has been interrupted since the sta...

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Japan’s 7% Nikkei index fall highlights risks ahead
27th May 2013 by

We are now nearly at the end of May, and still there is no sign of a sustained recovery in demand. T...

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Q1 results show the outlook darkening
25th May 2013 by

A year ago, the blog’s quarterly review of company results revealed mixed views on the outlook...

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The blog in Barron’s
23rd May 2013 by

Barrons, the leading US investment magazine, recently published a major cover story analysing the po...

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Extra selling days support EU April auto sales
22nd May 2013 by

Good news about EU auto sales is always welcome, especially when it comes after 17 months of declini...

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China’s ‘Ponzi loans’ now 69% of GDP
21st May 2013 by

China’s electricity consumption (green line) is the best real-time guide to economic developme...

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Financial markets reach the ‘melt-up stage’
20th May 2013 by

A month ago, the blog highlighted the potentially major implications of the Bank of Japan’s (B...

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“A word means just what I choose it to mean”
18th May 2013 by

‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just...

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