The American Chemistry Council's Global Chemical Production Regional Index dipped 0.1% last month, marking its first decrease in nine months, while the U.S. CPRI dipped 0.3% in the same period. Lower levels of chemical production were recorded in all U.S. geographic regions, although the U.S. and global indexes were 1.2% and 2.7% higher, respectively, than a year ago. A survey found that economic forecasters are "positive in their outlook for slow, but continued expansion" for the rest of the year, while faster growth is expected in the next two years, the ACC report said.

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