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Australian Risk Climate: Near-term Price Expectations have Dropped Sharply

Near-term price expectations have dropped sharply, with persistent moderate activity in the economy leading more businesses to reconsider the level at which they sell their goods and services. Reflecting soft official inflation data, Dun & Bradstreet’s latest Business Expectations Survey reveals that the Selling Price Expectations Index for the third quarter has dropped to 14.5 points, down from 24 points ... Read More »

Dun & Bradstreet Shifts to Partnership Model in Australia/New Zealand Market to Focus on Core Commercial Strategy

Dun & Bradstreet (NYSE: DNB) today announced it is shifting its Australia/New Zealand (ANZ) business to a Worldwide Network partner model. Archer Capital, a leading Australian private equity firm – via its newly-formed Credit Data Solutions* business – will acquire the entirety of Dun & Bradstreet’s ANZ business, including consumer risk and debt collection, and commercial solutions, for AUD $220 ... Read More »

Australia Risk Climate:  Employment Plans Hold Despite Downturn

Despite a general pull-back in the near-term business outlook, corporate hiring intentions for the second quarter of 2015 remain resilient. According to Dun & Bradstreet’s Business Expectations Survey, the latest lift in hiring intentions comes during a period when fewer businesses are anticipating increased sales or profits, with below-trend growth continuing to subdue the economy. Survey responses have seen the ... Read More »

Australian Risk Climate: Second Quarter Expectations Slip as Optimism Fades

Borrowing and Investment Intentions Stall Despite earlier indications that the business sector would take steady steps forward this year, the latest survey of Australian firms reveals that expectations and levels of optimism have returned to 2014 levels. According to Dun & Bradstreet’s Business Expectations Survey, the percentage of businesses that are more optimistic about growth in the next 12-months has ... Read More »

Australian Risk Climate:  Sales and Profits Expected to Ease after Christmas Boost

After reporting a strong end to the year the business sector has trimmed its short-term outlook for sales and profits, while indicating plans to increase employment. According to Dun & Bradstreet’s Business Expectations Survey, the sales expectations index for Q2 2015 has eased to 33.6 points, down from the previous quarter’s 10-year high of 38.7 points and flat compared to ... Read More »

Australian Risk Climate: PRICES ON THE RISE

Falling Australian dollar impacting business costs After easing in the lead-up to Christmas, prices are expected to begin rising this year with 31 per cent of businesses intending to lift their selling prices in the first quarter, while just four per cent will discount. Dun & Bradstreet’s monthly Business Expectations Survey shows the Selling Price Index for the March quarter ... Read More »

Australian Risk Climate:  Sales and Profits Moderate Despite Positive Business Outlook

The recent performance of Australian businesses is failing to meet their own expectations as a continuation of below-trend growth in the economy begins to impact reported activity this year. According to Dun & Bradstreet’s Business Expectations Survey, sales and earnings in particular are falling further behind the three-month projections being made by businesses. Compared to initial expectations, the number of ... Read More »

Australian Risk Climate: D&B Trade Payments Analysis Q3 2014

Australian payment times return to pre-GFC levels (Global Financial Crisis) The average time taken for Australian businesses to pay their invoices has fallen to the lowest level since the third quarter of 2007, in signs that operating conditions have strengthened this year and the business sector’s cash position is improving. According to Dun & Bradstreet’s Trade Payments Analysis, businesses settled ... Read More »

Australian Risk Climate: Sales outlook Hits 14-year High

D&B Business Expectations Survey Q1 2015 – Business Activity to Lift in 2015 – Sales outlook Hits 14-year High This year’s gradually improving business outlook looks set to continue into 2015, with the latest survey of Australian firms revealing that an increasing number expect to lift their sales and profits, sell their goods and services at higher prices, and invest ... Read More »

Australian Risk Climate: Businesses Look for a Christmas Boost

Retail and services sectors shrug off consumer concerns Business owners are optimistic about seeing a jump in sales during the run-up to Christmas, with retailers and the services industry lifting their forecasts for the final quarter of the year despite signs that consumer confidence in Australia is faltering. According to Dun & Bradstreet’s latest Business Expectations Survey, 47 per cent ... Read More »

Australian Risk Climate: D&B Profit Expectations Index Up for Q4

Business earnings are expected to return to pre-GFC highs during the final three months of this year on the back of sustained levels of optimism and healthy sales forecasts, with retailers particularly upbeat about increasing their profits. According to Dun & Bradstreet’s latest Business Expectations Survey, the profits expectations index has lifted to 29.1 points, up from 19.9 in the ... Read More »

Australian Risk Climate: Sales Expectations Soar

Fourth quarter outlook for increased sales at 11-year high After stalling over the past three months, the outlook for sales has risen to the highest level since 2003, with 46 per cent of businesses expecting increased activity in the fourth quarter of the year while nine per cent anticipate fewer sales and the majority no change. The upbeat response to ... Read More »

Australian Risk Climate:  More Businesses, More Failures

23 per cent jump in new businesses during Q2 2014 In signs that confidence about the trading environment may be strengthening, the number of business start-ups in Australia has jumped by 23 per cent compared the previous quarter and by eight per cent from a year earlier On the back of record low borrowing costs and expectations of stronger growth, ... Read More »

Australian Risk Climate:  Bright Signs for Credit Growth

The outlook for commercial borrowing is showing signs of improvement with survey findings that 21 per cent of businesses intend to seek credit to grow during the third quarter of the year, the strongest response since the beginning of 2011. With interest rates remaining at record lows and the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealing that business lending in April increased ... Read More »

Australia Risk Climate: Business Concerned about Impact of Federal Budget

Business expectations for the start of the new financial year are mixed across industries, with the outlook from manufacturers and wholesalers continuing recent positive gains, while retailers in particular anticipate a sharp drop in profitability on the back of falling consumer confidence. In addition to the segmented outlook, Dun & Bradstreet’s Business Expectations Survey for Q3 2014 has found that ... Read More »

Australian Risk Climate: Consumer Stress to Worsen

Financial stress was heightened during April and is set to worsen in the next three months as slow wages growth, high household debt and costs of living impact consumers’ capacity to manage their finances. After improving through the second half of 2013 as record-low interest rates and a focus on savings improved the financial position of Australians, Dun & Bradstreet’s ... Read More »

Australian Risk Climate: Employment Intentions Hold

More Australian businesses plan to hire staff in next three months  The number of businesses indicating they will hire staff in the months ahead has increased for a third consecutive quarter, supporting a view that underlying economic conditions are stable and that confidence is sound in spite of recent high-profile company and industry announcements on job cuts.   The latest ... Read More »