Issue Date: February 19, 2007
Lackluster Shipments In December
U.S. chemical shipments increased 0.4% in value in December from the previous month, according to seasonally adjusted data from the Commerce Department, and were up only 0.2% from December 2005. Those slight increases in shipments, coupled with somewhat lower inventories, generally caused the inventories-to-shipments ratios to decline. For all chemicals, the December ratio fell to 1.21 from 1.23 in November but increased from 1.19 a year earlier. For the full year, total chemical shipments increased 4.1% to $576.6 billion.
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