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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 »

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: 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 »

Australian Risk Climate: SALES EXPECTATIONS HIT 10-YEAR HIGH

The outlook for stronger sales activity has surged to a 10-year high, with 47 per cent of businesses expecting increased trade during the June quarter as confidence builds about the year ahead. Findings from Dun & Bradstreet’s latest Business Expectations Survey show the sales expectations index has risen for a third consecutive quarter to hit 37.5 points for Q2 2014, ... Read More »

Australian Risk Climate: Two Out of Three Businesses Express more Optimism for 2014

Two out of three Australian businesses (68 per cent) are more optimistic about growth this year compared to 2013, with the positive mood lifting first quarter expectations for sales, profits, selling prices, investment and employment to their highest levels in 12 months. With greater activity expected, Dun & Bradstreet’s Business Expectations Survey reveals that 18 per cent of businesses are ... Read More »

Australian Risk Climate: Job Hopes Lift on 2014 Outlook

Twice as many businesses intend to hire staff in the New Year compared to the final months of 2013, reversing 18 months of weak expectations on employment and signalling that confidence in the economy is building. Despite the International Monetary Fund forecasting that Australia’s unemployment rate will rise from its current official level of 5.7 per cent, to over six ... Read More »

Australian Risk Climate: Trade Payment Delays

Australian businesses are failing to pay their bills on time more often than not, with 60 per cent of invoices settled beyond the standard 30-day payment period. The high rate of late payments, as revealed by Dun & Bradstreet’s latest Trade Payments Analysis, has seen businesses pay their bills in an average of 53 days during the third quarter of ... Read More »

Australian Risk Climate: Businesses Expectations Improve Post Elections

Australian businesses are expecting an earnings boost during the Christmas period, with the outlook for year-end profits jumping to their highest levels since the beginning of the year as confidence returns following the election. After a year of weak and falling expectations, the business outlook for the final quarter of 2013 has improved for the key areas of sales and ... Read More »

Australian Risk Climate: Economic Revival to Skip 2013 As Business Outlook Goes Flat

Business expectations for the final quarter of the year have fallen flat in a sign that the economy’s long-awaited revival will not occur in 2013. The outlook for the remainder of the year suggests that businesses do not view the conclusion of this month’s federal election as a potential springboard for the economy. Businesses also appear to consider the Reserve ... Read More »

Australian Risk Climate: CASH FLOW SLOWS IN 2013

Businesses waiting longer to be paid Business cash flow has slowed this year, placing further strain on a range of industries already experiencing low confidence because of weak trading activity and high operating costs. Businesses are waiting nearly eight weeks to be paid by other companies according to Dun & Bradstreet’s latest Trade Payments Analysis, with the average invoice payment ... Read More »

Australian Risk Climate: Business Spending Tumbles

Australian businesses will keep cutting their spending this year, with expectations for capital investment, employment and new credit set to fall further. The deteriorating outlook for the September quarter suggests that despite pockets of optimism, including low interest rates and recovering consumer confidence, a tough trading environment and tight cash flow are restricting business spending. Following a weak Q2 outlook, ... 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 »

Australian Risk Climate: Veda’s Quarterly Consumer Credit Demand Index: October – December 2012

Veda announced the results of its consumer demand index for the fourth calendar quarter of 2012.  The index, which measures the change in credit demand for the December quarter compared to the same period in 2011, showed that overall consumer credit demand increased by 4.1% over the past year. Demand for consumer credit shows solid growth for first time in ... Read More »

Credit Impacts of More Comprehensive Credit Reporting in Australia and New Zealand

PERC released a report on the impact of comprehensive credit reporting in Australia and New Zealand. The report summarizes the results from a pioneering joint undertaking by PERC and Dun & Bradstreet Australasia using credit data from 1.8 million Australians. The results of this study show strong empirical support for the credit reform in Australia.  With fair file reporting, fewer ... Read More »