Chemicals and the Economy

Wal-Mart sends a message
17th August 2011 by

The blog is a great believer in the predictive power of the retail sector. Wal-Mart and Tesco were t...

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Western retailing enters the New Normal
12th October 2010 by

More evidence is emerging of the major changes taking place in Western retailing as we transition to...

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McBride warns of “weak retail sales across Europe”
28th June 2010 by

The blog is a great believer in the retail sector’s ability to help us forecast chemical indus...

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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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Carrefour CEO sees “challenging” times ahead
24th February 2010 by

France’s Carrefour is the world’s 2nd largest retailer, with sales of €86bn ($117bn). ...

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Wal-Mart’s US sales reduced by deflation
18th February 2010 by

Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer with $400bn sales, saw deflation in its core US market ...

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Operating earnings hide US economic downturn
16th August 2009 by

Companies normally have 3 ways of pleasing investors: • Meet or better expectations for revenue an...

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‘Its the price that matters’: Wal-Mart and Tesco signal a major change in consumer priorities
14th July 2007 by

Consumer attitudes have shifted sharply in recent weeks. This could have big implications for chemic...

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