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CW Insider: Bounce Back

2:30 PM MST | January 29, 2010 | Robert Westervelt

Chemical makers have returned to profit and volumes are starting to turn positive again, but a look at volume trends makes clear that recovery still has a long way to go. Double-digit volume gains year-over-year are being seen in Asia and Latin America, but North America and Europe are essentially flat to down compared to year-ago levels (http://chemweek.com/sections/top_of_the_week/Profit-Gains-are-Strong-at-Most-Diversified-Chemical-Firms_24459.html). DuPont reported that volumes were up 34% in Asia/Pacific, 4% in the U.S., and 1% in Europe, Middle East &...

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