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    | Chemical Trends Report | Lacklustre growth for EU chemicals sector

    07 November 2016

    Business confidence in the EU chemicals sector shows no significant improvement. EU chemicals output shrank by just 0.3% during the first eight months of 2016 compared to one year ago, according to the latest Cefic Chemical Trends Report.

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    | Chemical Trends Report | EU chemicals industry holds steady in turbulent times

    30 September 2016

    The world economic climate suffered a setback in Q3-2016. The index for the world economy reached its lowest level in three years, remaining below its long-term average. The business climate in the EU chemicals sector is still stable but lacking dynamics. EU chemicals output shrank by just 0.6% in the second quarter of 2016 compared to one year ago, according to the latest Cefic Chemical Trends Report. Producer prices fell 5.7 per cent during the same period. Declining prices and outputs continue to impact chemicals sales. Total sales in the EU chemicals sector went down by 5.2 per cent in the second quarter of 2016. EU chemicals exports fell by 5.0 per cent while imports shrank by 5.8 per cent during the same period. The EU had a €12.8 billion trade surplus in chemicals during the same period. At 81.5 per cent, capacity utilisation reached its long-term average in the second quarter of 2016.

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    | Chemical Trends Report | EU chemicals industry still experiencing flat production growth

    05 July 2016

    EU chemicals output shrank by just 0.7% in the first four months of 2016 compared to one year ago, according to the latest Cefic Chemical Trends Report. Producer prices fell 3.8 per cent during the same period, while sales declined 3.1 per cent during the first quarter of 2016, compared to the same period of 2015. Capacity utilisation remained unchanged in the first quarter of 2016, much closer to its long-term average. Employment improved slightly in the first quarter of 2016 compared to the fourth quarter of 2015. The EU net trade surplus was €9.8 billion for the first quarter of 2016, up by €0.3 billion compared to the first quarter of 2015.

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    | Chemical Trends Report | Chemical Production Outlook 2016 - 2017

    29 June 2016

    Cefic provides six-monthly economic forecasts rounding up the main trends and data impacting the EU chemical industry for the year to come.

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    | Chemical Trends Report | Declining prices and stagnant output continue to impact sales

    31 May 2016

    EU chemicals output contracted by just 0.2% in the first quarter of 2016 compared to one year ago, according to the latest Cefic Chemical Trends Report. Producer prices fell 3.3 per cent during the same period, while sales declined 2.2 per cent during the first two months, compared to the same period of 2015. Capacity utilisation remained unchanged in the first quarter of 2016, much closer to its long-term average. No major positive changes in the EU chemicals business climate were recorded in the first quarter of 2016. However, the EU net trade surplus was €44.7 billion for the whole year 2015, up by €1.5 billion compared to 2014.

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    EU chemicals output edges down in January

    23 March 2016

    EU chemicals output edged down just 0.4 per cent in January 2016 compared to one year ago, according to the latest Cefic Chemicals Trends Report. Producer prices fell 2.3 per cent during the same period, while sales declined 2.8 per cent in 2015 compared to 2014.

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    Stagnant growth in 2015 for EU chemicals sector: trade surplus up by €2.0 bn

    25 February 2016

    the latest monthly Cefic Chemical Trends Report shows a mixed outlook. Falling sales – down 2.9 percent over the course of 2015 compared to 2014 - stack up against quarterly data showing slight growth in output of 0.6 per cent in Q4 2015 compared with Q4 2014. Meanwhile, EU chemicals prices plunged 5.1 per cent. Overall, European chemical output edged up just 0.3 per cent during 2015 compared to 2014, while producer prices fell 4.7 per cent, year-on-year.

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    Chemicals output followed a flat trajectory: trade surplus up by €1.7 bn

    20 January 2016

    In its latest monthly chemicals trends report – rounding up data and insight on chemicals production, trade, prices and total sales – Cefic notes that while European chemicals production followed a flat trajectory, overall the trade surplus rose by €1.7bn while employment in the industry rose slightly, the second consecutive quarter of sector job growth*.

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