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Japanese Firms Report Varying Annual Results

11:19 AM MDT | May 27, 2008 | Deepti Ramesh

Major Japanese chemical companies have recorded varying results for the fiscal year ended March 31. Companies’ operating environment was affected by continuously rising feedstock and fuel costs, and by the U.S. economic slowdown triggered by the rise in subprime mortgage defaults. However, the Japanese economy generally grew firmly during the year, supported by expanded corporate earnings and increases in external demand and capital investment. China’s rapid economic growth and that of certain other Asian countries have also had a positive impact on...

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