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Slowing Volumes, Rising Costs Will Pressure Second-Quarter Earnings

8:33 AM MDT | July 22, 2008 | Kerri Walsh

Second-quarter European chemical industry earnings will continue to be squeezed by slowing volumes, unfavorable currency exchange rates, and rising raw material costs, “but with some modest worsening” compared with the first quarter, says a report by Deutsche Bank (London) analyst Tim Jones. European companies’ second-quarter volumes will be “reasonable” because of strengthening demand in Asia, but companies are expected to report a slowdown in growth, Jones says. U.S. markets continue to lag, he says. “On costs, there is...

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