Rubber product deficit falls in September, third quarter
(Rubber & Plastics News, 31/1/2002)
WASHINGTON -The U.S. rubber product trade deficit in September decreased nearly 5 percent, marking the 12th consecutive month the figure has dropped from the year-earlier period. The deficit fell to $234.2 million, down from $246.2 million posted in September 2000. Exports sank 9.9 percent to $387.4 million during the period, while imports declined 8.1 percent to $621.5 million, according to U.S. Commerce Department figures. For the first nine months of 2001, the rubber product deficit slumped 13.5 percent to $2.11 billion, down from $2.44 billion in 2000. Exports slowed 4.9 percent to $3.72 billion and imports descended 8.2 percent to $5.84 billion.

Global demand for natural rubber should grow this year'Economist Intelligence Unit Ltd

(Rubber Networking, 22/1/2002)
Global demand for natural rubber should grow again this year after falling off in 2001, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit Ltd. This year the market will benefit from the return of buyers that held off in anticipation of lower prices and tire makers that have run down rubber stocks, the EIU said in its latest world commodity forecasts for industrial raw materials.

Study sees global NR demand rising

(RNC,21/1/2002)
LONDON -Global demand for natural rubber should grow again this year after falling off in 2001, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit Ltd. This year the market will benefit from the return of buyers that held off in anticipation of lower prices and tire makers that have run down rubber stocks, the EIU said in its latest world commodity forecasts for industrial raw materials. But the growth will be from a much lower base than previously anticipated, the London-based group said. Excluding a buoyant Chinese market, global consumption in the first six months of 2001 fell by 11 percent, including a 27-percent drop in North America. By contrast, China? consumption of NR in the first half of 2001 was almost 30 percent than the prior year.

 

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