August highlights
1st September 2008 by

Many readers have been out of the office during August on a well-deserved break. I am therefore high...

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The blog’s first birthday
5th July 2008 by

Its now a year since the blog started. Since then, 213 postings have appeared. It is now read in 72 ...

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US auto sales collapse in June
3rd July 2008 by

‘Collapse’ is not a word that should be used lightly in business. But there is no other ...

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Father Christmas didn’t visit last month
4th June 2008 by

Yesterday’s action in financial markets reminded me of the Bird/Fortune video (noted here in D...

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US house prices carry on falling
27th May 2008 by

Every month, it seems, the US housing market gets worse. Spring should have provided some respite, a...

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A tale of two outlooks – part 2
20th April 2008 by

In an early blog last July, I marvelled at the contrast between the then upbeat nature of financial ...

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US auto sales fall again in Q1
3rd April 2008 by

Car sales are of major importance to the chemical industry. The ACC calculates each new car uses $24...

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5 risks to 2008 budgets
21st November 2007 by

The consensus viewpoint is an easy way of keeping up to speed on a variety of issues outside one’s...

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Two swallows
6th September 2007 by

This week has seen more downbeat news on US auto and housing sales. Ford said their total August veh...

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US auto sales catch subprime fallout
10th August 2007 by

Two of the largest US auto manufacturers, GM and Ford, have now followed Wal-Mart and Tesco’s lead...

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