Dow profit falls as inflation, China lockdowns hit demand

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A Dow sign is seen at the third China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai, China November 5, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo

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July 21 (Reuters) – Chemicals maker Dow Inc (DOW.N) reported a fall in second-quarter profit on Thursday, as surging inflation and COVID-19 lockdowns in China dented demand for its products.

Dow’s chemicals, used in a wide range of products including food packaging, mattresses, textiles and electronics, suffered a slowdown in orders from the key Chinese market as Beijing imposed widespread restrictions to contain COVID-19 flare-ups.

Volumes at two of the company’s three main businesses declined in the quarter, while a stronger dollar also weighed on net sales. Overall, Dow’s net sales increased about 13% to $15.66 billion.

Net income to Dow stockholders fell to $1.68 billion, or $2.26 per share, in the three months ended June 30, compared with $1.93 billion, or $2.51 per share, a year ago.

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Reporting by Shariq Khan; Editing by Aditya Soni

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