The Needle Is Edging Toward `Empty'

You would think Luc Williame would be beaming. After all, the chief executive of Belgian glassmaker Glaverbel saw profits jump 60% as his sales to the construction and auto industries increased 8% in the first half of the year. But that was then. Since August, sales and orders have been declining. Says Williame: "We've lost the momentum from recovery that began at the end of last year. We feel a general pessimism from all our customers."

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