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Leading Producers Post Higher Earnings and Sales

8:51 AM MST | February 25, 2011 | —CW STAFF

Most European chemical companies reported improved fourth-quarter 2010 sales and earnings because of stronger volumes and selling price increases. They are mostly optimistic that demand will continue to improve in 2011. Raw material costs, however, are still on the rise, and companies say they will have to continue raising prices to keep pace. Oil companies with chemical operations performed well. Total says that adjusted net operating income at the company’s chemicals business more than doubled in the fourth quarter of 2010 compared with the same period of...

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