Key trends amongst suppliers are:
- Customer ‘power’ is relatively strong as global demand has stagnated and there is general over-capacity.
- Customers of commodity materials such as industrial metals have been asking for shipments to be delayed, and this has been accepted by the mining/manufacturing companies (21/9/11)
- Steel customers are delaying orders in expectation of further price drops (10/10/11)
Other specific trends will affect individual businesses.
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