The American Chemistry Council (ACC)
reported that after a strong start to the second quarter, growth in US specialty chemicals market volumes eased to a 0.3 percent gain in May, about half the pace of the first quarter. Volumes have generally been moving up since last May. All changes in the data are reported on a three-month moving average (3MMA) basis. Of the 28 specialty chemical segments we monitor, 12 expanded in May, 14 experienced decline, while two were stable.