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Coface Identifies 10 Emerging Countries Hot on the Heels of the BRICS

After 10 years of frenetic growth, the BRICS are slowing down sharply: for 2014, Coface forecasts growth of on average 3.2 points lower than the average growth these countries registered over the previous decade. At the same time, other emerging countries are accelerating their development. Among them, a ‘top 10’ emerges with good production prospects and sufficient financing to support ... Read More »

Chinese Cross-border Businesses in UK ‘could Overhaul London’

Infrastructure investment in large areas of London could boom as emerging market countries, led by China, respond to Britain’s call for £50bn of foreign capital to finance major construction projects. Shanghai Zhongrong Property Group Co. has recently stepped in to re-develop the Victorian Crystal Palace site in south London, pouring £500m ($810 million) into revitalising the capital’s former commercial hub, ... 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 »

High Vigilance Urged for Foreign Businesses in Russia

Businesses with new and existing operations in Russia must broach heightened business risks and conduct deeper due diligence in the wake of fresh sanctions from North America and Europe. So far, sanctions against Russia don’t represent a major barrier to doing business there as they are primarily concerned with asset freezing a number of Russian government officials.  However, they do ... Read More »

Country Risk Climates: Trends to Keep an Eye On

Argentina – gas & water subsidies will be reduced; El Salvador – the Left wins the elections; Estonia – a new government, under threat from Russia; Lithuania – a strong performance; Ukraine – agreement on a massive bailout. BRAZIL:  The government is irked by the ratings downgrade from S&P’s, but the economy is weak and it is hard to see ... Read More »

February 2014 U.S. Trade Data: Faltering

The word from the Panjiva research team: February imports to the U.S. were down in February from January. This February showed levels of imports -6% below imports in February 2012. The numbers of these shipments coming into the U.S. changed -16% from January 2014 to February 2014. Previous years’ January to February changes: -2% in 2013, -20% in 2012, -15% ... Read More »

Australian Risk Climate: Comprehensive Credit Reporting Has Arrived

D&B Australia has published a new documentation with the title “Insight”.  The document contains a number of key topics concerning the impact of the introduction. Australia finally saw the commencement of a comprehensive credit reporting system – a historic change that has moved Australia into line with the majority of the world’s developed economies, and introduced a new era for ... Read More »

Chinese Companies Fined for Direct Selling, New Rules Appear

Businesses in China continue to be fined by authorities seeking to clean up the country’s commercial image, with the latest example being Nu Skin Enterprises, accused by the state of direct selling and making false product claims. Nu Skin Inc. was fined $540,000 by the Shanghai Administration for Industry and Commerce for selling items ‘illegally’, as part of a government ... Read More »

China: Coface Reports Deteriorating Payment Experiences

According to the latest Coface survey on ‘Corporate Payment Trend And Sectorial Risk In China’ the overall payment experience in China has deteriorated in 2013 comparing to 2012.  Key messages from the China Payment Survey are: Average credit terms extended in China has become longer comparing to 2012.  Maximum credit terms has generally been lengthened in 2013 comparing to 2012.  ... Read More »

Country Risk Climates: Trends to Keep an Eye On

Turkmenistan – strong growth, robust external position; United Kingdom – problems with Scottish independence; Uzbekistan – internecine battle could affect US exit plans from Afghanistan; Zambia – dollar supplies have dried up. BELIZE:  Economic growth has slowed considerably and is not likely to pick up much in the current year. Social conditions have not improved, but tensions should remain contained. ... Read More »

US Country Risk Climate: D&B Announces Economic Health Tracker Results

D&B (NYSE:DNB) released its Economic Health Tracker results for the Month of February.  The release is posted on www.dnb.com/tracker, along with frequently asked questions and a description of the methodology used to create the three indices that make up the Tracker. Paul Ballew, D&B’s Senior Vice President, Chief Data & Analytics Officer and Chief Economist, discussed “the story behind the numbers” ... Read More »

USA Country Risk Climate: Small Business Outlook Dismal

Small business optimism continues its winter hibernation with the latest Index dropping 2.7 points to 91.4, a reading that historically has been associated with recessions and periods of sub-par growth. The one highlight in the January survey, a surge in hiring plans, was crushed in February by the continued onslaught of a wintry recovery now in its 5th year. “Uncertainty ... Read More »

CorteraPulse Wins GoldStevie Award for Business Intelligence Solution

Cortera® was presented with a Gold Stevie Award for Business Intelligence Solution, new version, in the seventh annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. More than 1,100 entries from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted to this year`s competition. Finalists were determined by the average scores of 120 professionals worldwide, acting as preliminary judges ... Read More »

Country Risk Climates: Trends to Keep an Eye On

Argentina – plans to cut subsidies; Brazil –– inflation and political trends trouble Ms. Rousseff; Iran – a big deal underscoring the fading of sanctions; New Zealand – higher interest rates; Pakistan – improving international liquidity. CYPRUS:  Top-level talks aiming to reunite the Island are, once again, under way, and this time the chances look better than before. While the ... Read More »

Combatting Fraud: Why Employee Background Checks are Important

Managers at an Indian technology company used an employee background checking firm to investigate why 30 job applicants had listed the same unknown company as an employer, with surprising results… The background screening service traced the ’employer’ to a one-room mobile phone repair shop, where they discovered an  individual falsifying applicants’ work experiences for money. The ‘HR manager’ of the ... Read More »