The BASF Group’s sales rose by 12 per cent in the second quarter of 2017 compared to the same time last year to €16.3 billion ($19.1bn), as a result of higher prices and volumes. At €1.5bn ($1.7bn), net income exceeded the previous second-quarter level by €404 million ($473m), whilst earnings per share were €1.63 ($1.91) in…