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PagesJaunes Group First Half 2012 Revenues Down by 1.7%

PagesJaunes reported consolidated revenues of Euro 525 million, down 1.7% from prior year.  Internet businesses has grown by +9.5% in the 1st half of 2012, and the Group continues to gain market shares in digital advertising.  The decline in Print directories has accelerated in the 2nd quarter.  The Internet business accounted for 59% of consolidated revenues.  Gross operating profit was ... Read More »

Verisk Analytics Inc. Acquires Argus Information & Advisory Services

Verisk Analytics, Inc. (Nasdaq:VRSK), a leading source of information about risk, announced it has signed an agreement to acquire Argus Information & Advisory Services, LLC (“Argus”) for US$ 425 million. Argus is a premier provider of information, competitive benchmarking, scoring solutions, analytics, and customized services to financial institutions and regulators in North America, Latin America, and Europe.  The acquisition will ... Read More »

Google Internet Business UP while Ad Rates Slide

Google Inc’s revenue increased 21 percent as strength in its Internet advertising business offset a persisting drop in ad rates, stirring hopes among investors the Web search leader is close to slowing that decline. Advertising rates, or costs per click, have headed south as users gravitate to smartphones and tablets, where Google can generally charge less than on desktop computers.  ... Read More »

China’s B2B Online Transactions Reach US$467 billion

According to the China e-Business Research Center, a subsidiary of Hangzhou-based B2B sourcing platform Zhejiang Netsun, China’s B2B e-commerce transactions reached US$466.7 billion during the first half of 2012 – an increase of 13% year-on-year. There were reportedly over 16.5 million companies in China using B2B platforms, which helped to generate US$1.2 billion in revenue for e-commerce platforms in H1 ... Read More »

PERC Releases Study on Comprehensive Credit Reporting in Australia

PERC released a new study detailing the impacts of more comprehensive credit reporting in Australia and New Zealand. The report, Credit Impacts of More Comprehensive Credit Reporting in Australia and New Zealand, summarizes the results from a joint undertaking by PERC and Dun & Bradstreet Australasia using credit data from 1.8 million Australians. “The results of the analysis provide strong ... Read More »

Experian Reports Solid Growth in Q1 driven by US and Latin America – For BIIA Members Only

Experian reported their Q1 results for the period April 01 2012 to 30th June 2012 on 13th July, showing strong growth at constant exchange rates across all regions*. The appreciation of the Brazilian Real against the US dollar in particular however dragged the headline growth down to 7%. In North America, growth in Credit Services (9%) and Decision Analytics (18%) ... Read More »

Connotate on the Growth Path – Opens office in the UK

A Leading Provider of Data Monitoring and Collection Solutions Initiates Strategic Expansion Connotate, Inc. announced record growth in second quarter 2012 revenues, with bookings increasing by more than 40 percent compared to the first quarter 2012. This marks the second consecutive quarter of record growth for the company.  As a privately-held, venture-backed software firm, Connotate does not release specific revenue ... Read More »

Regulating US Credit Bureaus to Start in Earnest

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will start supervising the 30 largest firms that make up 94 percent of the industry.  That includes the three big credit reporting firms: Equifax Inc., Experian and TransUnion.  Richard Cordray, the government agency’s director, stated in a recent speech that the CFPB oversight may include on-sight examinations, and that it may require credit bureaus ... Read More »

Singapore has Produced an Abundance of “Wealth Managers” and not enough “Wealth Creators.”

So lamented Ngiam Tong Dow, former permanent secretary of the Singapore Ministry of Finance and the prime minister’s Office of the Government of Singapore. This is despite almost universal acclaim for the supportive business environment in Singapore. The World Bank has rated Singapore first out of 183 economies in its “ease of doing business” rankings and fourth for “starting a ... Read More »

Marissa Mayer Named Yahoo CEO

Yahoo is hiring longtime Google executive Marissa Mayer to be its next CEO, the fifth in five years. It is a remarkable appointment: Mayer, who starts at Yahoo Inc. on Tuesday, was one of Google’s earliest employees and was most recently responsible for its mapping, local and location services. Mayer, 37, began her career at Google in 1999 after getting ... Read More »

Australian Credit Climate: Giving Small Business Credit

Finding new opportunities in Australia’s most dynamic credit market Access to credit for small business is constrained by a number of factors including the ability of lenders to access wholesale funds, prudential requirements and government regulation. However, even in markets where these factors are benign the flow of credit to small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) remains a challenge. This ... Read More »

Transparency in Corporate Reporting: A Long Way to Go

An Assessment of the World’s Largest Companies by Transparency International Transparency International analyzed publicly available information from company websites.  Building on the experience of two previous studies, Transparency in Corporate Reporting explored three dimensions of transparency: Public reporting on anti-corruption programs (ACP): covering bribery, facilitation payments, whistleblower protection and political contributions Organizational transparency (OT): including information about corporate holdings Country-by-country ... Read More »

BIIA Member Panjiva’s Trend Spotting Reveals Potential Supply Chain Disruptions

BIIA Member Panjiva’s unique trend spotting services help companies to spot opportunities and potential problems in global supply chains.   Here is just one example of potentkial supply chain disruption in international energy flows. America is in the middle of a natural gas boom, due in part to explosive growth in the shale gas industry. News reports say that the spike in ... Read More »

Why Trade Credit Matters – Understanding Supply Chain Finance in Today’s World

Global Business Intelligence recently published its third edition of their Supply Chain Finance (SCF) Payable and Receivable Solutions Guide.  This Guide is designed as educational material for the Corporate world to help those with Credit and Sourcing responsibilities better understand ongoing developments around trade credit and supply chain finance.  David Gustin, President of Global Business Intelligence and author of the ... Read More »

It is Time for a Privacy Health-check!

BIIA’s expert advisor on global privacy and data protection, Mike Bradford, offers his perspective on what we could be doing to give ourselves a privacy ‘health-check’ – and at the same time ensure we are seen by our stakeholders as being responsible and trusted custodians of data.  To read the full story click on the attachment:   Data Protection June 19 ... Read More »

Verisk Analytics to Acquire Aspect Loss Prevention to Enhance Retail Loss Prevention

Verisk Analytics, Inc. announced it has signed an agreement to acquire Minneapolis-based Aspect Loss Prevention, a leading provider of loss prevention software and analytic solutions to the retail, entertainment, and food industries. Throughout the United States and parts of Europe and Asia, Aspect has saved customers significant amounts of money attributed to internal theft through its state-of-the-art exception-based reporting and ... Read More »