Volume 95 Issue 30 | pp. 30-35
Issue Date: July 24, 2017

Cover Story

C&EN’s Global Top 50

Strong industry performance continues as profits rise despite declining sales
Department: Business
Keywords: finance, top 50, largest chemical companies, BASF, Dow, chemical industry

If C&EN’s annual ranking of the Global Top 50 chemical companies is any indication, the industry remains strong. The industry repeated the same unusual pattern in 2016, the year on which the survey is based, as it did in 2015. Sales declined, yet profits rose.

Combined sales for the chemical businesses of the 50 companies fell 4.4% in 2016 to $744.3 billion. Sales shrank for 38 of the companies.

However, for the 47 companies that . . .

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