Potash says "strong consumption trends masked by destocking" in FY12 In a slides presentation from the company presentation at the BMO Global Metals and Mining Conference, Potash Corp. (POT) said that slower demand periods have historically been followed by robust growth. The slower demand period they are referring to is 2012, in which significant global distributor inventory destocking impacted potash demand. The company estimates 2013 world potash shipments of 55-57M tons up from an estimate of 51M tons shipped in 2012. The company notes that significant tonnage has been contracted for 1H delivery but foresees lower potash prices to to reduce government subsidy levelers in India. Potash continues to see "crop economics" to drive increased fertilizer applications, In late day trading Potash is up 0.6% to $38.82.
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