Chemicals and the Economy

Key China data suggest economic growth already less than 5%
6th August 2013 by

China’s economy is continuing to slow, as the new leadership takes power.  As the chart shows...

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Drug supplies cut to Greece as capital controls return to Europe
3rd April 2013 by

Don’t be surprised if your finance team starts working even longer hours over the next few wee...

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S&P 500 hits new record as Kem One files for bankruptcy
1st April 2013 by

The divergence between the real world and financial markets was sharply clarified last week: • The...

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Demand weakness spreads across Europe and Asia
25th March 2013 by

The blog was in sober mood when giving its usual New Year Outlook in January, warning that “re...

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Lanxess temporarily closes plants, as demand remains slow
11th March 2013 by

Chemical markets continue to paint a very worrying picture of the state of the global economy. There...

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Company results show few signs of any upturn
2nd March 2013 by

Economic recovery is already underway, according to the optimists who have bid up financial markets ...

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Global economy faces difficult 2013
19th January 2013 by

Its now 4 years since the blog published its first New Year Outlook in ICB. Then it was in a small m...

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Q3 results remain in downward trend
15th November 2012 by

The blog’s quarterly survey of chemical industry results shows the downward trend continued in...

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IMF warns on recession risk as Political, Social worries rise
12th November 2012 by

When the economy is running well, most people tend to get on with their lives. That was the case dur...

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Buyers start selling benzene as demand disappears
29th October 2012 by

What happens if prices stay unaffordable for so long, that the consumer eventually stops buying? You...

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