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Japan: Exports Offset Weaknesses

2:00 PM MST | January 7, 2011

Recovery for Japan, and its chemical makers, continues to be driven by exports. Japan’s chemical shipments are expected to grow 3.5% in 2011, according to ACC. Chemical shipments are likely to exceed GDP due to strong exports. Japan in late 2010 responded to slowing growth with two fiscal packages to support growth in 2011, with annual GDP projected to reach 1.75%, according to the Organization for Economic Development (OECD; Paris). “We expect the Japanese economy will return to a growth track somewhat above the potential growth rate of the economy in 2011...

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