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Distribution: A Steady Upturn

1:40 PM MDT | May 30, 2011 | —ian young

European chemical markets continued their recovery from recession in 2010 and early 2011, and chemical distributors’ positive financial performance reflects the upturn. But customer demand remains fragile, and the supply and price of products are volatile. Meanwhile, a steady stream of acquisition deals confirms the return of M&A activity to the distribution sector. Holland: Brenntag’s IPO broke new ground. Jukes: Outsourcing is as strong as ever. Coppye: Focus on specialties. Muñoz: Growth in southern Europe. Business activity in European...

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