Chemicals company DowDuPont has reported at increase of GAAP net sales of 23% in Q3 2017. Pro forma net sales increased to US$18.3 billion, up 8% versus the same period in 2016, led by gains in the materials science segments industrial intermediates and infrastructure (16%), packaging and specialty plastics and performance materials and coatings (8% each), and the specialty products segments transportation and advanced polymers (9%) and safety and construction (6%). Sales rose double-digits in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) (16%) and in Asia Pacific (10%). Sales in North America grew 4%, while sales in Latin America declined driven by weakness in Agriculture due to expected lower corn area and a delayed start to the summer season in Brazil.

We delivered top and bottom-line growth in the third quarter – a solid start for our newly-formed company,’ said Ed Breen, chief executive officer of DowDuPont. ‘Our operating earnings increase was the result of broad-based demand growth in most of our core end-markets and disciplined margin management, which more than offset several headwinds, from multiple hurricanes to higher feedstock costs and a delayed start to the summer agriculture season in Brazil. Moreover, we delivered these results while advancing several value-creating initiatives, including: closing the merger, completing our comprehensive portfolio review, and defining the new synergy targets for each division.

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