Growth in US jobs and disposable income no longer following historical trends
7th February 2012 by

Short-term pressures have come to dominate financial markets in recent years. In turn, they have bec...

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Boom/Gloom Index suggests downturn resuming
6th September 2011 by

A recession is often defined as being when your neighbour loses their job. A depression is when you ...

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September key for wider economic outlook
5th September 2011 by

Chemical markets are traditionally 6 months ahead of the wider economy, as they are so focused on co...

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US consumers focus on needs, not wants
13th July 2011 by

Luxury stores are doing well around the world. The great central bank lending sprees have ensured up...

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Young populations lead social unrest in MENA
1st March 2011 by

Revolution and unrest have many causes. Very often, as now in the Middle East and N Africa (MENA), t...

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Unemployment hits US auto sales in 2010
10th January 2011 by

As the chart shows, December’s US auto sales (orange line) were the highest monthly level sinc...

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EU unemployment remains at 10%
1st September 2010 by

EU governments have spent enormous sums of money to support the economy over the past year. Yet in t...

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US consumer demand growth stalls
9th August 2010 by

The American Chemistry Council has recently updated its invaluable work on US polymer chain inventor...

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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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China focuses on domestic issues, risks US anger
12th June 2010 by

China is a very difficult country for foreigners to understand. The blog suspects that the best appr...

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