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Business issues and expectations: September findings
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The latest numbers on the expectations and issues facing Australian businesses.
Businesses look for a Christmas boost
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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.
More businesses paid on time
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After jumping to a three-year high during the first quarter of 2014, the average time taken for commercial invoices to be paid has fallen sharply to 53.4 days as business get their finances back in order and pay more of their bills within standard terms.
Financial stress forecast to rise
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The level of financial stress in Australia is forecast to reach a new high for a third quarter of the year as consumers' financial capacity strains under the weight of high household debt, weak wages growth and fragile sentiment.
Business issues and expectations: August findings
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The latest numbers on the expectations and issues facing Australian businesses.
Bright outlook for business profits
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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.
D&B's global economic outlook to 2018
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Dun & Bradstreet has released its mid-year  forecasts for regional economic performances, include country risk upgrades and downgrades.
Business issues and expectations: July findings
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The latest numbers on the expectations and issues facing Australian businesses.
Sales expectation soar
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After stalling over the past three months, the outlook for sales has risen to the highest level since 2003, with 46 per cent of businesses expecting increased activity in the fourth quarter of the year while nine per cent anticipate fewer sales and the majority no change.
More businesses, more failures
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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.
Business issues and expectations: June findings
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The outlook for commercial borrowing is showing signs of improvement with survey findings that 21 per cent of businesses intend to seek credit to grow during the third quarter of the year, the strongest response since the beginning of 2011.
Bright signs for credit growth
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The outlook for commercial borrowing is showing signs of improvement with survey findings that 21 per cent of businesses intend to seek credit to grow during the third quarter of the year, the strongest response since the beginning of 2011.
Businesses facing cashflow squeeze
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Australian businesses have identified cashflow as the issue most likely to impact their operations in the next three months, while new analysis of invoice payments reveals that payment times have slowed to their lowest rate in three years.
Business issues and expectations
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The latest  numbers on the expectations and issues facing  Australian businesses.
Mixed outlook for new financial year
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Business expectations for the start of the new financial year are mixed across industries, with the outlook from manufacturers and wholesalers continuing recent positive gains, while retailers in particular anticipate a sharp drop in profitability on the back of falling consumer confidence.
Consumer stress to worsen
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Financial stress was heightened during April and is set to worsen in the next three months as slow wages growth, high household debt and costs of living impact consumers' capacity to manage their finances.
Budget talk fails to dampen business outlook
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The near-term business outlook in Australia has improved despite expectations of across-the-board spending cuts in this month �™s Federal Budget, with companies forecasting increased sales, employment and investment activity during the third quarter of this year.
Employment intentions hold
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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.
Spike in consumer enquiries following new credit laws
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According to Australia's oldest credit reporting body, Dun & Bradstreet (D&B), last week's commencement of a comprehensive, or  'positive', credit reporting system resulted in a spike in credit report requests, as newly informed consumers sought out the status of their credit history.
D&B and FlexiGroup adopt new credit reporting system
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Dun & Bradstreet (D&B), Australia's oldest credit bureau, today announced diversified financial services organisation FlexiGroup as the first credit provider to sign up to Australia's new comprehensive credit reporting system, which commences on 12 March following changes to Australia's Privacy Act.
Financial inclusion to improve with new laws
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Financial inclusion in Australia is set to improve following today's implementation of changes to the Privacy Act, which will introduce a comprehensive, or 'positive', credit reporting system for Australia's estimated 16 million credit users.
Businesses signal spending intentions
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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.
D&B partners with leading ID verification provider, Edentiti
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Dun & Bradstreet (D&B), Australasia's leading credit bureau, today announced a strategic partnership with identity verification services provider and developer of the greenID product, Edentiti.
Corporate payments stall
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The rate at which Australian businesses are paying each other has not improved over the past year, with analysis of payments made during Q4 2013 showing that business invoices were settled in an average of 53 days; one day slower than a year earlier.
Sales expectations hits 10-year high
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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.
Financial stress forecast to rise
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Consumer financial stress is forecast to rise during 2014 to its highest level in more than a year, with the financial position of consumers expected to weaken and personal debts to increase.
Business activity expected to lift in 2014
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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.
Job hopes build on 2014 outlook
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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.
Earnings outlook hits 10 year high
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Company profit expectations have reached their highest level since 2003, with Australian businesses anticipating a jump in takings in the New Year on the back of stronger sales and firming selling prices.
Financial stress stabilises near two year low
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Financial stress in Australia has stabilised near a two year low as a combination of post-election confidence, low interest rates and increased savings help to bolster consumer demand for credit and their capacity to repay.
60% of invoices paid late
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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.
Housing bubble, credit trouble?
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As the lowest interest rates in half-a-century catch the eyes of property buyers and the spring auction period hits full pace, conversations about the prospect of a new housing bubble have started, and with them, concerns about mortgage repayment problems.
Profits outlook jumps on Christmas hopes
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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.
Fraudsters line up for iPhone release
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Today's Australian release of Apple's new iPhone models is expected to set off a rush of falsified customer applications, with credit data from the days following last year's iPhone 5 release revealing there was a 131 per cent increase in 'high risk' phone applications.
Economic revival to skip 2013 as business outlook goes flat
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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.
Business payment times indicate poor financial health
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Australian businesses are taking longer to pay each other in 2013 compared to a year earlier, in an indication that their level of financial health has not improved.
Business sentiment settles in year-end outlook
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Business confidence levels are showing signs of stabilising, with the year-end outlook for profits, sales, employment and capital investment beginning to level out.
Stress levels ease as savings swell
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Consumer financial stress continues to ease this year as Australians maintain a focus on shoring-up their financial position in the aftermath of the global financial crisis and as unemployment creeps higher.
90% of Aussies unaware of privacy law changes
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Credit is everywhere - in the credit cards used for shopping, the mortgages that buy Australia �™s homes, and the electricity and gas accounts that keep fridges and heaters running.
Businesses say no new jobs
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Australian businesses    don't plan to employ new staff in the months ahead in an indication they expect the current period of weak economic growth to continue in the new financial year.
Price expectations rise from historic low point
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After their expectations reached a 24-year low in the previous quarter, businesses are indicating that price rises are on the agenda in the new financial year as they seek to retain profits while compensating for cost pressures and low sales growth.
Cash flow slows in 2013
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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.
Business spending tumbles
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Australian businesses will keep cutting their spending this year, with expectations for capital investment, employment and new credit set to fall further.
Financial stress comes off the boil
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Consumer financial stress has eased in Australia during the first quarter of the year in a further sign that economic conditions are stabilising.
Caution makes way for credit cards
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Australians are demonstrating a less cautious approach to spending money, with more consumers planning to use their credit cards this quarter, while savings will be less of a focus.
Capital investment fades in a weak outlook to mid-year
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Fewer executives are planning to make a capital investment in their business during the coming months, with investment expectations among Australian businesses fading in the lead-up to the middle of the year.
Jobs cut as business costs bite
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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.
Businesses kept waiting 52 days for payment
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An unhealthy cash flow cycle exists among Australian businesses, with 62 per cent of accounts settled late and firms taking on average, 52 days to pay their bills, according to the latest Trade Payments Analysis by Dun & Bradstreet.
Profits expectations slide as businesses anticipate reduced activity
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Australian businesses have pulled back their profit expectations for the coming months as they anticipate modest sales activity, difficult trading conditions and subdued consumer activity.
Fewer Australians taking on debt as spending priorities shift
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Fewer people expect to see an increase in their level of household debt during the first few months of the year, and demand for credit remains flat, in further signs that Australians are embracing financial conservatism amid the current period of moderate economic growth.
Consumer financial stress to remain elevated in early 2013
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Consumer financial stress levels are expected to remain elevated for the first three months of 2013, continuing the consumer conservatism experienced throughout much of 2012.
Price outlook drops to lowest point in 24 years
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Australian businesses are looking to negotiate a post-Christmas spending slump through continued discounting, with the outlook for selling prices during the first quarter of this year falling to a historic low according to the latest D&B Business Expectations Survey.
Outlook for 2013 a mixed bag
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The business outlook for 2013 is mixed, with Australian executives indicating that sales, inventories, selling prices and employment will fall but investment and profits will rise, according to the latest Business Expectations Survey.
Consumer payment history to be recorded following changes to the Privacy Act
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Laws which affect the information that can be reported about an individual's credit history have today passed Parliament. The passing of the Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Bill 2012 will have implications for consumers, SMEs, credit providers and the economy, and it follows an extensive review and consultation process.
Payment times down five days since the height of the GFC but a post-Christmas spike is expected
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Business-to-business payment times have fallen by five days since the height of the global financial crisis (GFC) however cash flow pressures remain prevalent as firms are being forced to wait more than three weeks longer than standard terms to receive payment for goods and services.
Capital investment expectations reach highest level in nearly ten years
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One in three (31%) Australian businesses expect to boost their long-term investments in the New Year, with capital investment projections reaching their highest level in the past nine years.
Cautious consumers to curb Christmas spending
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Australians are set to tighten the purse strings in the lead up to Christmas, with non-essential spending expected to fall as consumer concern about financial security rises, according to Dun and Bradstreet's latest Consumer Credit Expectations Survey.
Widespread discounting to drive Christmas sales
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Australian businesses are indicating that discounting is the required antidote for sluggish spending heading into Christmas, with expectations for selling prices now close to the lowest level in more than two decades.
Senate Committee releases privacy reform report
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The Senate Committee has released a report on the proposed privacy reform laws.
iPhone 5 to trigger spike in consumer fraud
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Telecommunications providers look set to face a significant spike in bad debt as the iPhone 5 enters Australian stores, according to new research by D&B.
Privacy reform laws passed by the House of Representatives
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Privacy reform laws have now been passed by the House of Representatives. The reforms, which allow for the reporting of additional information on consumer credit files, will make it easier and fairer for Australians to access credit.
Stephen Koukoulas joins Dun & Bradstreet as economic advisor
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Dun & Bradstreet today announced the appointment of Mr Stephen Koukoulas as the company's Economic Advisor in Australia and New Zealand.
Retailers fix hope on bumper Christmas
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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.
Sales projections surge despite lingering uncertainty
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Expectations among Australian firms soared to levels not seen in almost 10 years, with over half of businesses anticipating an increase in sales during the December quarter.
Fewer firms pay bills on time
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The number of Australian businesses paying their bills on time fell markedly during the June quarter, as businesses struggle with reduced cash flow.
Manufacturing outlook grim
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Sentiment among local manufacturers has fallen noticeably, as half of non-durables manufacturers expect the high local dollar to have a negative impact on their business in the September quarter according to the latest D&B National Business Expectations Survey.
Australian finances under pressure despite 20-year high in household savings
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Despite national household savings at a 20-year high,  a third of low-income earners and a quarter of older Australians would only be able to survive for one month without a steady income, according to the latest D&B Consumer Credit Expectations Survey.
Firms brace for falling profits
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Pessimistic sales projections for the September quarter are forcing businesses to lower their earnings expectations, with one in three anticipating declining sales and a similar number expecting lower profits, according to the latest D&B Business Expectations Survey.
D&B welcomes introduction of Privacy Act to Parliament
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Dun & Bradstreet welcomes the introduction of privacy reform laws into Parliament, with the proposed changes to the Privacy Act including reform of credit reporting arrangements.
Australian economy ranked among world's safest
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Australia is one of the safest trade and foreign investment destinations globally, ranking alongside Canada, Germany, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland, according to an analysis of 131 countries on Dun & Bradstreet's Global Risk Indicator.
Business optimism plummets
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Uncertainty over interest rates and continued pressure from the high Australian dollar are weighing on businesses, with executive expectations for the September quarter 2012 plummeting according to the latest Dun & Bradstreet Business Expectations Survey.
Recent improvements fail to bring payment days to pre-GFC levels
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The cash flow of Australian firms is improving, with businesses paying their bills more than three days faster than 12 months ago. However,   payment days remain substantially above pre-GFC levels according to the latest D&B Trade Payments Analysis.
Retail concern grows
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Retailers are increasingly concerned over the pressure staffing costs are placing on their business, saying this will have the biggest influence over their operations in the June quarter according to the lastes D&B National Business Expectations Survey.
Families struggling to manage debt
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Families and low income earners are increasingly struggling to meet their financial obligations, relying more on credit to pay the bills in the coming months. According to the latest Dun & Bradstreet Consumer Credit Expectations Survey, 41 per cent of Australian households with children will be forced to rely on a credit card to cover living expenses, up two percent since late last year.
Fear grows over Aussie dollar
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Concern over the consistently high Australian dollar has risen significantly among local businesses, particularly those in retail and manufacturing, according to the latest  D&B 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 quarter.
D&B announces its Risk 2012 conference
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Dun & Bradstreet will be holding its annual commercial credit management conference in March 2012, providing critical new insights into how the economy, technology, legislation and global industry trends impact credit managers over the coming year. The conference will also see the launch of D&B's Small Business Risk Score.
Business expectations return to pre-GFC levels
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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. According to the latest D&B Business Expectations Survey, sales expectations are now at their strongest level since the December quarter 2003, well before the onset of the global financial crisis.
Severely delinquent bills at 12 month high
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Australian businesses are increasingly neglecting their bills, with the number of severely delinquent payments jumping 28 percent over the Christmas period. According to D&B's latest Trade Payments Analysis, the number of bills left unpaid for 90 days or more grew 20 per cent compared with 12 months ago.
Over half of retailers fear online competition
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Over half 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, according to D&B's latest Business Expectations Survey.