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Gaining Strength

1:18 PM MDT | April 26, 2010 | Arnold Pearlman

The leading indicator for the chemical industry rose 1.1% in April, the second consecutive monthly gain. Growth in the indicator began gathering momentum late last summer, and the index is now about 10% above the March 2009 low. Over the past year, industrial production in the chemical industry has advanced 6.9%, compared with a 5.1% gain in overall manufacturing output. Chemical Industry % change % change Latest Previous Year ago Previous Year ago Freight car loadings–chemical (week of April 10) 29,467.0 28,776.0 23,380.0 2.4 26.0 Industrial Production...

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