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Australian Risk Climate: D&B Trade Payments Analysis Q3 2014

Australian payment times return to pre-GFC levels (Global Financial Crisis) The average time taken for Australian businesses to pay their invoices has fallen to the lowest level since the third quarter of 2007, in signs that operating conditions have strengthened this year and the business sector’s cash position is improving. According to Dun & Bradstreet’s Trade Payments Analysis, businesses settled ... Read More »

Australian Risk Climate: Sales outlook Hits 14-year High

D&B Business Expectations Survey Q1 2015 – Business Activity to Lift in 2015 – Sales outlook Hits 14-year High This year’s gradually improving business outlook looks set to continue into 2015, with the latest survey of Australian firms revealing that an increasing number expect to lift their sales and profits, sell their goods and services at higher prices, and invest ... Read More »

Australian Risk Climate: D&B Profit Expectations Index Up for Q4

Business earnings are expected to return to pre-GFC highs during the final three months of this year on the back of sustained levels of optimism and healthy sales forecasts, with retailers particularly upbeat about increasing their profits. According to Dun & Bradstreet’s latest Business Expectations Survey, the profits expectations index has lifted to 29.1 points, up from 19.9 in the ... Read More »

Australian Risk Climate:  More Businesses, More Failures

23 per cent jump in new businesses during Q2 2014 In signs that confidence about the trading environment may be strengthening, the number of business start-ups in Australia has jumped by 23 per cent compared the previous quarter and by eight per cent from a year earlier On the back of record low borrowing costs and expectations of stronger growth, ... Read More »

Australian Country Risk Climate: Businesses Signal Spending Intentions

Twice as many businesses intend to increase their levels of capital investment in the months ahead compared to those which will reduce their spending, with Australia’s record-low borrowing costs and steady levels of confidence about growth during this year encouraging executives to prepare for stronger trade. According to Dun & Bradstreet’s latest Business Expectations Survey, the capital investment index for ... Read More »

D&B Australia in Partnership with ID Verification Provider Edentiti

Dun & Bradstreet (D&B), Australia announced a strategic partnership with identity verification services provider and developer of the greenID product, Edentiti. Identity verification plays a critical role in meeting anti-money laundering regulations, as well as preventing identity and payment fraud.  Identity fraud is estimated to cost the Australian economy in excess of $1 billion annually[i].  The partnership will complement and ... 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: Retailers Fix Hopes on Bumper Christmas

Retailers are preparing for a surge in consumer spending over the Christmas period, with sales expectations for the December quarter climbing to a 12-year high and profit expectations now out of negative territory.  The retail sector’s sales expectations index is 12 points above the national average, a result that comes off the back off a stronger than expected June quarter. ... Read More »

Australian Risk Climate: Retail Concern Grows

Concerns over staffing costs and online competition dampen retail outlook Nearly one in three (30%) retail executives said wages growth would have the biggest impact on profit in the coming months, up more than 10 points from 19 per cent in February. This was echoed by wholesalers, where concern grew 12 percentage points to one in four (25%). According to ... 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 »