Notations remain comparatively weak / Hopes for slide at the beginning of the new year quashed / Many quarterly agreements still being negotiated / Ongoing downtrendAlthough the European market for engineering thermoplastics remained weak in January, prices were still at a reasonably high level. Since many long-term deals for the more common materials, including PC and the polyamides, are still being negotiated, the monthly agreements are lacking the direction provided by these quarterly contracts. As a result, price corrections ended up being comparatively small. Whereas POM remained stable, the long period of calm for PBT ended and notations began to slide. PMMA also continued to erode. The commodity-related ABS and PP compounds followed the slide in the petrochemical upstream.