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Business Information: What Grows?

What Grows?  The Q1 earnings season is now behind us and there are some interesting contrasts!  … And the winners are:  S&P Indices, Credit Rating Agencies and Creditsafe! Equifax’s results were buoyed by an acquisition in the fourth quarter, otherwise the results in US CIS would have been a meager 2%.  Experian motored ahead with double digit growth; it admitted challenging ... Read More »

D&B Initiates Succession Planning for Chairman and CEO

Sara Mathew, CEO of D&B informs Board of Directors of her intention to retire as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer by May 2014. The Board has engaged Spencer Stuart, a nationally recognized executive recruiting firm, to advise on this matter and will consider both internal and external candidates for this position. “I have had the privilege of working with a very ... Read More »

D&B Ramps up Solutions Capabilities in Canada

D&B announces a new Canadian Solutions Initiative.  The cornerstone of the initiative includes new products designed to help commercial organizations in Canada in mission-critical areas.  Risk Management and Compliance solutions mitigate credit and supplier risk, increase cash flow and drive profitability.  Sales and Marketing solutions provide data management which accelerates sales by identifying strategic growth opportunities and increasing lead conversion rates. Read More »

Business Information: What Grows and What Does Not?

This is BIIA’s latest update on 2012 revenue growth based on the latest annual reports.  We have mapped the individual growth rates of major business information suppliers against Outsell’s growth estimates for 2012.   Outsell’s Credit & Financial Information segment grew by 6% to US$ 55bn. The company information segment grew by 6% to US$ 5bn.  The Outsell growth benchmark of ... Read More »

Australian Risk Climate: Jobs Cut as Business Costs Bite

Australian businesses don’t plan to hire new staff in the coming months, and are putting off investments, as the cost of doing business takes its toll. On the back of recent high-profile job cuts and off-shoring announcements by a number of Australian companies, Dun & Bradstreet’s latest National Business Expectations Survey shows a gloomy outlook for jobs growth this year. ... Read More »

Earnings Season Scorecard: What Grows and What Does Not?

Since our last posting on February 8th a number of major industry players announced their Q4 and annual results for 2012. Rating Agencies have taken also the lead in showing an incredible revenue and income growth in ratings and analytics.  Thomson Reuters Governance, Risk & Compliance Unit raked up an impressive growth of 22% for the quarter (and 42% for ... Read More »

D&B Stock Retreats on Q4 2012 Earnings Results

Total revenue for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $463.1 million, down 7% both before and after the effect of foreign exchange, as compared to the prior year similar period. Total revenue for the fourth quarter of 2011 included the results from businesses that were divested or shut down. Risk Management Solutions revenue of $272.4 million, down 3% both before and ... Read More »

The Growing Business Imperative for Supplier Diversity

The Shifting Economic Power in the USA The Census Bureau estimates that minorities, both arriving from abroad and born in the United States, will account for nearly 90 percent of the total growth in the U.S. population from 1995 to 2050. $3 trillion is the number being reported as ‘Buying Power’ of African American, Hispanic American, and Asian American-owned businesses. ... Read More »

China: D&B Fined In D&B Roadway Case

As reported by the Wall Street Journal a Shanghai court has fined Dun & Bradstreet Corp. one million yuan ($160,640) and sentenced four former executives to up to two years each in prison for illegally buying information on Chinese consumers. Shanghai’s Zhabei district court, which issued the ruling, posted the decision on microblogging site Tencent Weibo on Wednesday afternoon.  The ... Read More »