‘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...

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Just saying ‘No’
28th July 2008 by

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

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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...

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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...

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A ‘profound’ downturn
22nd July 2008 by

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

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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...

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

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

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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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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...

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‘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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