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Dun & Bradstreet Credit Bureau Limited Is Open for Business in Ghana

Dun & Bradstreet announced the opening of its credit bureau operations in Ghana.  After having received a license from the Bank of Ghana to operate a credit reference bureau, D&B is excited about launching business operations in the Ghanaian market. The main objective of this credit bureau is to provide information on the credit repayment trends of individuals and companies. ... Read More »

D&B Corporation Temporarily Suspends Operation of D&B Roadway China Pending Outcome of Investigation of Privacy Violations

Dun & Bradstreet Corp. reported late Sunday that it has temporarily suspended operations at its Chinese Roadway marketing division pending the outcome of an investigation into alleged privacy violations. The business information provider said late Sunday that the allegations assert that data collection practices at Shanghai Roadway D&B Marketing Services Co Ltd. may violate local Chinese consumer data privacy laws. ... Read More »

Australian Risk Climate: 400,000 Small Businesses Missing Out on Mainstream Finance

Nearly 400,000 small businesses are missing out on access to mainstream finance largely because credit providers are unable to adequately assess and price small business risk. According to a recent report by Dun & Bradstreet, ‘Giving Small Business Credit – Finding New Opportunities in Australia’s Most Dynamic Credit Market’, of the more than one million unincorporated businesses in Australia, more ... Read More »

SME Access to Credit: Finding new Opportunities in Australia’s most Dynamic Credit Market

D&B Australia has published a whitepaper which examines the challenge of information asymmetries in small business credit.  In particular it: Identifies the unique characteristics of a small business and provides a workable definition; Examines how information asymmetries for small business can be reduced; Reveals an untapped credit market of more than one million small businesses in Australia and provides an ... Read More »

Australian Risk Climate: Fear Grows Over Aussie Dollar

Concern over the consistently high Australian dollar has risen significantly among local businesses, particularly those in retail and manufacturing, according to the latest Dun & Bradstreet National Business Expectations Survey. More than a third of businesses, up nearly 40 per cent on last month, expect the high exchange rate to have a negative impact on their operations in the June ... Read More »

Australian Risk Climate: SMALL BUSINESS FAILURES UP 48 PER CENT

The number of small businesses going bankrupt jumped by 48 per cent over the last 12 months, while small business start-ups fell by 95 per cent over the same period. Analysis by Dun & Bradstreet Australia of business start-ups and failures for the December quarter 2011 found that across the economy, business failures were down 10 per cent on the ... Read More »

Long After the Floods Recede, Supply Chains Feel the Pain

Flooding in Thailand was just the latest event in a string of natural disasters, political turmoil and economic strife to batter any company making durable goods – especially those in the technology and automotive sectors. The picture is grim. In Thailand, more than 1,000 factories have boarded up their windows. But the devastation extends far beyond the factory walls – ... Read More »

International Association of Outsourcing Professionals Partner with Global Supply Risk Monitor

The International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (www.IAOP.org) partnered with Global Supply Risk MonitorSM (GSRMSM), ( www.GlobalSupplyRiskMonitor.com), to offer a unique member-service to all IAOP ® corporate members. This service will equip members to continuously leverage real-time sourcing intelligence, monitor supply risks and enhance governance. Global Supply Risk MonitorSM currently monitors, predicts and manages risks across 50+ Countries, 100+ Global Cities and 500+ ... Read More »

D&B Reports 5% Revenue Growth for 2011

Core revenue for the full year 2011 was $1,758.5 million. This result is up 5% from the prior year similar period, before the effect of foreign exchange, (up 7% after the effect of foreign exchange). Operating income before non-core gains and charges for the full year 2011 was $500.1 million, up 4% from the prior year similar period. On a ... Read More »

Australian Business Expectations at Highest Level in a Decade

Australian firms recorded a dramatic lift in expectations for the June quarter, with the outlook for sales hitting its highest level in almost a decade.  The latest Dun & Bradstreet National Business Expectations Survey of manufacturing, retail and wholesale firms conducted in January, revealed preliminary expectations for June quarter sales (+21) and profits (+8) were more than twice March quarter ... Read More »

D&B Appoints Paul D. Ballew Chief Data and Analytics Officer

Almost unnoticed and without fanfare D&B is ramping up its data and analytics capabilities by hiring Paul D. Ballew as Chief Data and Analytics Officer.    He will be responsible for global data and information management, customer analytics, predictive analytics and the overall data and analytic strategy for the company.    According to Mr. Ballew’s credentials he does not come with ... Read More »

D&B Feels the Pulse of the US Economy

D&B has released its latest U.S. Business Trends Report for the 12 month period ending September 2011.  The U.S. Business Trends Report reflects the results of this tracking for approximately 34 million active U.S.-based businesses in D&B’s global database. This report summarized data trends for the 12 month period ending September 30, 2011.  D&B’s cogent indicators are sensitive to a ... Read More »

D&B Offers Strategic Risk Management with New Portfolio Risk Manager™ for DNBi

D&B announced Portfolio Risk Manager™ for DNBi to enhance the DNBi Risk Management™ suite of products.  Portfolio Risk Manager for DNBi is the only on-demand and customizable solution that combines proprietary D&B insight with users’ customer data, allowing businesses to see risk and opportunity across their entire customer base —through simple one-click reports.  Credit professionals at more than 20,000 companies ... Read More »

After the “Go-Go Days” Part 4 Business Information – The Current State of Play

BIIA has asked Phil Cotter, an expert in the consumer and commercial credit information industry and BIIA’s newest contributing staff writer, to express his views about the shape of the credit information industry post financial crisis and how the major players intend to grow their business. Part three was published in recently in the BIIA News Section on www.biia.com and ... Read More »

E-commerce hits Australian Retailers

Over Half of Retailers Fear Online Competition Over half (55%) of retailers see slowing demand as the biggest barrier in the year ahead, with 56 per cent expecting online sellers to have an adverse effect on bricks and mortar retailers. Dun & Bradstreet’s latest Business Expectations Survey for the March quarter 2012 also revealed more than one in three (34%) ... Read More »