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Experian Reports Strong Growth in all Markets and Services Sectors

Experian announced today its half-yearly financial results for 6 months ended 30th September 2012.  Total revenues from continuing activities are up 15%.   At constant exchange rates, revenue from continuing activities are up 11%.  Organic revenue growth is up 6%.  Total Group revenue of US$2.3bn (2010: US$2.0bn). Further margin progression: EBIT margin from continuing activities up 20 basis points to 24.5%.  ... Read More »

Tinubu Square Gets a €11.3 Million Investment to Boost Expansion

BIIA Member Tinubu Square (France) announced that Fonds Stratégique d’Investissement (FSI) will be investing €11.3 million in the company, alongside its founding shareholders. The FSI’s investment will strengthen Tinubu Square’s financial structure, enabling it to draw on its technological advances and finance its expansion plans and build further on its success with institutional customers (credit insurers and banks) and boost ... Read More »

Big Data: The next Frontier for Innovation, Competition and Productivity

In the past few years all of the pre-conditions for the data revolution have seemingly assembled themselves.  We are getting more skilled in adding value to text through mark up.  Sophisticated taxonomies working in conjunction with refined inference rules add ontologies and create further layers of value.  Big Data is identified as a critical factor in strategic thinking in our ... Read More »

Partnership between McGraw-Hill and CME Creates a New Powerhouse of S&P and Dow Jones Indices

McGraw-Hill (NYSE: MHP) and CME Group (NASDAQ: CME) announced today an agreement to establish a joint venture in the rapidly growing index business.  Both companies will contribute complementary S&P Indices and Dow Jones Indexes businesses into a joint venture.  S&P/Dow Jones Indices will be a leading global index company providing new products to clients and generating growth for shareholders of ... Read More »

United Kingdom: A New Upstart in Business Information Causes Sleepless Nights for Competitors

Duedil is a new business information company that offers free financial information sourced from UK’s Companies House (Public Sector Information).   It is so confident in the quality of its data, that it offers a £5 payment if one finds any discrepancies in its financials, no questions asked.   The company was launched in April 2011 by Damian Kimmelman, owner of ... Read More »

Experian Launches Fraud Prevention in Russia

Experian announced the launch of its National Hunter fraud prevention service in Russia. The system, which identifies fraudulent credit applications, has been tailored for the Russian market in partnership with the United Credit Bureau and five major Russian banks. Similar Experian systems in the UK, USA, Spain, South Africa, South Korea and Australia have enabled banks to significantly improve their ... Read More »

Interactive Data Q3 Revenues Up by 10.1%

Interactive Data’s third-quarter 2011 revenue increased 10.1% to a record $217.9 million from $197.9 million in the third quarter of 2010. Third-quarter 2010 revenue was reduced by $2.3 million due to the purchase accounting for the amortization of acquisition-related deferred revenue. Excluding the impact of changes in foreign exchange rates and the reduction in third-quarter 2010 revenue associated with the ... Read More »

Bloomberg Completes Acquisition of BNA

Bloomberg has completed its acquisition of The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc (BNA) which is now a stand-alone wholly-owned subsidiary of Bloomberg. The acquisition was overwhelmingly accepted by the BNA owner/employees, who tendered approximately 95% of their stock within the 20 business day offering period. Additionally, Bloomberg received an early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act. The ... Read More »

FICO and Equifax Will Bring Forward-Looking Scores to UK Market

Global information solutions leader Equifax and FICO, the leading provider of predictive analytics and decision management technology, today announced their agreement to develop new analytics for the UK market. The first two of these analytics will assess the capacity of consumers to handle additional credit, and show how individuals’ risk would change under different macroeconomic conditions. These analytics will complement ... Read More »

Equifax Launches Tenant Selector-a New, Secure, Easy to Use, Online Tenant Screening Service for Property Management Professionals

Equifax (NYSE: EFX) announced today the launch of their new online tenant screening service, Tenant Selector. Tenant Selector gives registered property management professionals the ability to screen potential renters quickly and easily and will be featured at this year’s PM Expo taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from November 30 to December 2.2011     Source:  Equifax Press Release Read More »

Reed Elsevier in the Spotlight as Analyst Suggests Break-up

Following the announcement of the McGraw-Hill breakup, Alex DeGroote, an analyst at Panmure Gordon, said the move suggested Reed should look at “material restructuring opportunities”. Citing claims that some shareholders are dissatisfied with Reed management, he said: “This is unsurprising. Share price performance has been uninspiring. In absolute terms the share price is the same today as it was 11 ... Read More »


London and New York — Thomson Reuters announced the launch of an expanded legal entity data solution, which will be available for retrieval via Thomson Reuters DataScope Select and Thomson Reuters DataScope Onsite. This offering significantly expands the firm’s legal entity content capability, which is approaching coverage of 1 million entities across nearly 250 markets and 50 languages. Thomson Reuters DataScope ... Read More »


Creditsafe, the business intelligence experts, has announced that Asiagate, which provides widespread corporate credit information in Asia, will now provide European reports from Creditsafe as part of its aggregated service to clients.  Asiagate’s main objective is to provide comprehensive corporate credit information online to organisations across Asia on behalf of its members, who are providers of credit reports based in ... Read More »

BIIA Welcomes Creditsafe as a New Member

Creditsafe has joined BIIA as an Associate Member The Creditsafe Group is one of Europe’s newest provider (launched in 2002) of on-line company credit information. Creditsafe has evolved swiftly since its launch in Norway and now more than 50,000 organizations across Europe benefit from our innovative suite of on-line credit information supplied from our operations in the UK, Germany, France, the ... Read More »

GB Group PLC Announces Acquisition of Data Discoveries Holdings Ltd (“Data Discoveries”)

GB Group Plc, the identity management specialist, announced the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Data Discoveries for a total consideration of £0.61m.  Data Discoveries is a provider of trace software to Government and the debt collection industry which enables organisations to trace and make contact with individuals through a better understanding of their identity and behaviour. The ... Read More »