Through its access to unique financial and commercial data, Dun & Bradstreet provides current and predictive assessments of economic conditions, business expectations and payment behaviour, and credit and spending activity in Australia.
The Business Expectations Index is at its highest point since Q4 2015. Plans for capital investment are at a two-year high for the second quarter of 2017 as businesses look forward to higher sales and profits.
As 2016 draws to a close, business confidence for 2017 remains strong. Dun and Bradstreet's December Business Expectations Survey shows that companies are expecting to see increased employment, profits, capital investment and selling prices for the first quarter of 2017 compared to the previous quarter.
Business sentiment moving into the first quarter of 2017 remains high, with Dun and Bradstreet’s November Business Expectations Survey indicating increased expectations for sales, employment, profits, capital investment and selling prices compared to the previous quarter.
New businesses across Australia rose sharply during the second quarter of 2016. According to Dun & Bradstreet’s latest analysis of New and Failed Businesses, the number of start-ups rose 4.8 per cent compared to the same period last year, and 36.7 per cent on the previous quarter.
The recent trend of increasingly faster payment times stalled during Q2, with Dun & Bradstreet’s AustralianTrade Payments Analysis revealing businesses in all states recorded a slight increase in the time taken to settle invoices.
The legal firm wholly owned by leading data business Dun & Bradstreet has been appointed by the Australian Government’s Attorney-General’s Department to the Commonwealth Legal Services Multi-Use List (LSMUL).
The results from Dun & Bradstreet’s April Business Expectations Survey have highlighted another drop in expectations, with businesses maintaining gloomy forecasts for the three-month period to 30 September 2016.
The results from Dun & Bradstreet’s March Business Expectations Survey have highlighted a second consecutive decline in expectations, with businesses issuing subdued forecasts for the three-month period to June 2016, despite reporting an improved actual performance over the previous quarter.
The results from Dun & Bradstreet’s February Business Expectations Survey have highlighted a sharp decline in expectations for the second quarter, with businesses issuing gloomy forecasts for the three-month period to June 2016.
Dun & Bradstreet (‘D&B’) is pleased to announce that it continues to be a trusted supplier of choice for the Department of Human Services (‘DHS’) after being awarded a renewal of its contract for the provision of Mercantile Agent Services for Debt Recovery.
The results from Dun & Bradstreet’s January Business Expectations Survey have highlighted a third consecutive period of subdued expectations, with businesses reporting a pessimistic outlook for the second quarter of 2016.
Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) welcomes the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) decision to grant authorisation to the Australian Retail Credit Association (ARCA) in relation to the Principles of Reciprocity and Data Exchange, effective 25 December 2015.
Dun & Bradstreet’s latest Business Expectations Survey indicates a fairly subdued outlook for the first quarter of 2016, as results continue to fall short of expectations. As the new year approaches, business are reporting lowered expectations for activity across Sales, Profits, Employees and Capital Investment.
Australian consumer credit bureau Dun & Bradstreet and peer-to-peer lender RateSetter are pleased to announce that they have partnered together for the provision of comprehensive credit reporting data.
The number of failed businesses in Australia jumped by 17.7 per cent in the third quarter of the year, compared to figures from the third quarter of 2014, with all states and territories experiencing an increase in the number of firms that sought legal relief from creditors or ceased operations without paying their creditors in full.
The optimism seen in September’s Business Expectations Survey has waned in October, with businesses flagging a drop in sales, selling prices, employment, profit and investment in the first quarter of 2016. A decrease across all expected indices has not been seen since the June quarter of 2013.
Australian businesses settled their invoices at a new record-setting pace of 45.1 days on average in Q3 2015. This compares to 49.2 days in the previous quarter and 51.7 days in the same period last year, as revealed by Dun & Bradstreet’s latest Trade Payments Analysis.
Confidence has continued its upward trajectory in the corporate sector, although businesses remain cautiously optimistic as concerns over weak demand and low consumer confidence weigh on their outlook for the final quarter of 2015.
Despite an Australian economy growing at a moderate 2.3 per cent according to March quarter figures released by the ABS this month, the latest data on trade payments reveals that businesses are paying their invoices at the fastest rate on record.
The number of failed businesses in Australia has increased by 7.8 per cent in the first quarter of the year, compared to figures from the first quarter of 2014, with all states and territories experiencing a rise in the number of firms that sought legal relief from creditors or ceased operations without paying their creditors in full.
Despite earlier indications that the business sector would take steady steps forward this year, the latest survey of Australian firms reveals that expectations and levels of optimism have returned to 2014 levels.
The number of failed businesses in Australia leapt 8.2 per cent in the fourth quarter of the year, with all states and territories experiencing a rise in the number of firms that sought legal relief from creditors or ceased operations without paying their creditors in full.
After easing in the lead-up to Christmas, prices are expected to begin rising this year with 31 per cent of businesses intending to lift their selling prices in the first quarter, while just four per cent will discount.
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.
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 more in their operations during the first quarter of the New Year.
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.
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 businesses get their finances back in order and pay more of their bills within standard terms.
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.