Continuing the slow start to 2013, deal flow within the chemical sector is proving to be just about as lackluster as it was a year earlier.

There was a 22 percent surge in M&A deal value in the first half of 2013, compared with the same period in 2012, reports consulting firm A.T. Kearney Inc. But, while value was up, actual transaction volume was down. (See table).

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