‘2009 – another difficult year’ says BMW
1st August 2008 by

BMW, the world’s largest luxury car manufacturer, warned today that it is no longer immune fro...

Just saying ‘No’
28th July 2008 by

I noted back in February that US banks were tightening lending standards into the housing sector. No...

The end of ‘stretch targets’
27th July 2008 by

There is little doubt that chemical growth is weakening. The above chart, taken from Kevin SwiftR...

Germany’s growth slows
24th July 2008 by

Germany is the powerhouse economy of Europe. Its also a late-cycle economy, relying more on engineer...

A ‘profound’ downturn
22nd July 2008 by

The current downturn is different from anything that has occurred in the last 15 years. Policy maker...

Paris fashions – 70% reductions
9th July 2008 by

I’m rather surprised my fellow blogger Barbara has missed this story. Still, it shows us comme...

The ‘difficult task of damage control’
8th July 2008 by

The central bankers’ bank (the Bank for International Settlements) is not very impressed with ...

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 ...

Chemicals feel the wind of change
30th June 2008 by

Three major themes ( ICIS Jun08.pdf ) emerged from our Asian Conference last week, co-organised with...

‘Roll-through’ pricing reappears
18th June 2008 by

Linda Naylor, ICIS’s polymers guru, has just written a market analysis that took me straight b...

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