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BP's Petchem Profits Plummet

6:24 AM MDT | July 31, 2012 | Ian Young

BP reported a 90% year-on-year decline in second-quarter underlying profit before interest and taxes for the company's petrochemicals business, on a replacement cost basis, to $28 million. The dramatic fall in earnings reflects "particular weakness in aromatics margins, resulting from growing capacity," BP says. The petchems business also faced "subdued demand" compared with the corresponding period of 2011, the company says. Sales were not disclosed. BP says that its recently announced agreements to license the company's latest-generation...

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