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Distribution: Robust Despite Market Uncertainty

7:25 AM MDT | May 11, 2012 | —Ian Young

Europe’s chemical distribution sector performed well in 2011, although most of the growth was achieved in the first six months as the economy slowed toward the end of the year. Distributors report signs of a renewed upturn in 2012 in certain regions but they acknowledge that a challenging period lies ahead, given continued economic uncertainty. M&A activity has continued steadily and the leading European companies are seeking further acquisitions to boost their business, with a focus on emerging markets. European chemical distributors, in the first half...

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