Benzene supply/demand begins to change
8th December 2010 by

Benzene is the blog’s favourite leading indicator for chemical demand, due to its widespread u...

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Western consumers cut back spending
18th November 2010 by

All is clearly not well with the Western consumer. The stimulus programmes have not given them renew...

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US sales slip as inventories rise
2nd November 2010 by

The US is 25% of the global economy, and its performance matters enormously to the chemical industry...

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China’s rural areas key for future chemical demand
28th October 2010 by

In the last of its Budget Outlook analysis, the blog today looks at the major changes underway in Ch...

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European consumers focus on people, not things
27th October 2010 by

As promised, the blog is today looking at a key European consumer trend, as part of its Budget Outlo...

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Western retailers rely on luxury or budget sales
15th June 2010 by

Consumer spending, particularly in the developed economies, is critical to the chemical industry. An...

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US consumers enter the ‘new normal’
10th April 2010 by

The US consumer accounts for 16% of total global GDP, with a value of $10trn. By comparison, total A...

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EU consumers worry about the economic outlook
28th January 2010 by

European consumers remain very wary about the future. The slide above, from the monthly CEFIC report...

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US faces a jobless “recovery”
7th September 2009 by

Today is Labor Day holiday in the USA. But sadly, the latest news on jobs remains deeply worrying. A...

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US and EU dominate global consumption
14th August 2009 by

Interesting new research from Prof Nouriel Roubini provides some perspective on relative levels of c...

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