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...

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...

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...

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...

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). ...

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 ...

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...

‘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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