Australian Business Expectations Survey: The end is (nearly) nigh?

As Australia grabs the world record for uninterrupted economic growth, the signs are mainly pointing downwards. Business performance for the first quarter has hit a four–year low, resulting in lower expectations for the second half of the year. Dun & Bradstreet's May Business Expectations Survey shows a generally muted outlook for the September quarter of 2017 despite employment expectations reaching a two-year high.

Australian Late Payments Analysis: Worsening trade credit conditions

Late Payments increased during the early stages of 2017, rising to their highest level since Q3 2014 and consolidating a trend of late payment times gradually moving higher. On average, 59.8 percent of Australian businesses pay their bills on time, while 9.5% pay in excess of 60 days beyond invoice terms.

Australian Business Expectations Survey: Business points to muted outlook in Q3

Business expectations have dropped off for the September quarter following a softer-than-expected March quarter. Dun & Bradstreet's April Business Expectations Survey shows lower actual sales, profits, employment, selling prices and capital investment in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the final quarter of 2016.

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7 Handy Hints for Cash Flow Success: Small & Medium Businesses

Cash flow is vital to the success of any business and is especially important to the small & mid market looking to grow and develop. The mismanagement of cash flow will more often than not leave your business vulnerable and could potentially lead to failure.

Australian Business Expectations Survey: New Year's sales expectations falter

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.

Australian new and failed businesses: Q2 2016

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.

New and failed businesses: Q1 2016

The number of failed businesses in Australia increased by 7 per cent in the first quarter of 2016 compared to Q4 of 2015.

Business Expectations Survey: Business sentiment continues fall

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.

Dun & Bradstreet renews contract with the Department of Human Services

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.

New and failed businesses: Q4 2015

The number of failed businesses in Australia fell by 10.6 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2015, down from a two-year high in the previous quarter.

Business Expectations Survey: Optimism wanes as results fail to meet expectations

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.

New and failed businesses: Q3 2015

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.

Business Expectations Survey: Leadership change fails to boost confidence

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.

Trade Payments Analysis: Payment times plummet

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.

Q1 2015 Trade Payments Analysis: Slow economy, fast payments

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.

New and failed businesses: Q1 2015

While this month’s Federal Budget appears of little concern, weak demand and consumer confidence are weighing on Australian businesses, which have again lowered their near-term expectations.

Business Expectations Survey: Businesses look beyond Federal Budget

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.

New and failed businesses: Q4 2014

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.

Business Expectations Survey: Prices on the rise

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.

Trade Payment Analysis: Payments at pre-GFC levels

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.

Business Expectations Survey: Business activity to lift in 2015

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 Expectations Survey: Businesses look for a Christmas boost

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.

Trade Payments Analysis: More businesses paid on time

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.

Consumer Financial Stress Index: Stress forecast to rise

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.