Chemicals and the Economy

Auto sales on roller-coaster ride in Japan, Russia, Brazil, India
29th August 2014 by

Car sales in Japan, Russia, Brazil and India currently account for just under 1 in 5 of global sale...

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Unilever says Q2 market growth slows in emerging countries, developed countries weak
28th August 2014 by

The global economy really isn’t getting any better.  That’s the key conclusion from the...

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Oil prices break out of their triangle – downwards
27th August 2014 by

The Great Unwinding of the central banks stimulus policies is underway, as discussed last week.  Oi...

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A personal WW1 centenary – the Battle of Le Cateau
26th August 2014 by

100 years ago today, the blog’s grandfather went into action for the first time in World War 1...

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US retail sales hit by declines in income and household wealth
25th August 2014 by

US retail sales tell a sorry story about the state of underlying demand.  US sales at Wal-Mart, the...

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China economic rebalancing will take at least 10 years
22nd August 2014 by

We must all hope that new economic policies now being implemented in China are successful.  The al...

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2 dates for the diary
21st August 2014 by

Last May’s China Transformation webinar with John Richardson attracted great interest.  We ...

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US fracking demand creates price volatility for hydrochloric acid
20th August 2014 by

Fracking has completely changed the outlook for US natural gas supplies, as the above chart from the...

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Modi highlights toilets in India’s Independence Day speech
19th August 2014 by

The Indian Prime Minister’s address on Independence Day is the major event of the political ye...

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The Great Unwinding of policymaker stimulus has begun
18th August 2014 by

Large economies are like supertankers.  There are no brakes to use if you want to change direction ...

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