Chemicals and the Economy

Day of reckoning approaches for US polyethylene expansions, and the European industry
8th September 2019 by

Planning for future demand in petrochemicals and polymers used to be relatively easy during the Baby...

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China’s renminbi and the global ring of fire
1st September 2019 by

China’s property bubble puts it at the epicentre of the ring of fire © Reuters  China’s de...

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Oil market weakness suggests recession now more likely than Middle East war
11th August 2019 by

Oil markets remain poised between fear of recession and fear of a US attack on Iran. But gradually i...

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Smartphone sales continue their decline, whilst $25 smart feature phones open up new markets
4th August 2019 by

Global smartphone sales have now been falling for 8 consecutive quarters, since Q3 2017. They are no...

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UK, EU27 and EEA businesses need to start planning for a No Deal Brexit on 31 October
28th July 2019 by

New UK premier, Boris Johnson, said last week that the UK must leave the EU by 31 October, “do or ...

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London house prices edge closer to a tumble
21st July 2019 by

After the excitement of Wimbledon tennis and a cricket World Cup final, Londoners were back to their...

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G7 births hit new record low, below Depression level in 1933
14th July 2019 by

If a country doesn’t have any babies, then in time it won’t have an economy. But that...

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From subprime to stimulus…and now social division
6th July 2019 by

The blog has now been running for 12 years since the first post was written from Thailand at the end...

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Resilience amidst headwinds is key for H2
30th June 2019 by

Resilience is set to become the key issue as we look forward to H2, as I note in a new analysis for ...

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