Chemical manufacturing growth in the U.S. has been "uneven over the past several quarters," according to the American Chemistry Council's weekly economic report. Chemical production fell 0.2% in July to 86.9% of its 2007 average, according to Federal Reserve data. But production of synthetic rubber and specialty chemicals was up, U.S. retail sales were up and slow growth is beginning to replace the seemingly ending recession in Europe, ACC noted.

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