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EU Chemicals Production Contracts for Second Consecutive Quarter

4:16 AM MDT | June 5, 2012 | Natasha Alperowicz

EU chemicals production contracted 2% in first quarter 2012 compared with the same period in 2011, according to the latest Cefic Chemicals Trends Report. Monthly data for March 2012 show a 1.8% drop compared with March 2011.  March 2012 data also show that the EU chemicals production level remains 4.4% below the peak in 2007. Prices for chemicals in the EU climbed further on a year-on-year basis in March, up 4.1% during the month against the comparable month in 2011. The price increase was led by basic inorganics, Cefic says. EU chemicals net trade surplus...

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