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Business optimism plummets 01 May, 2012
Uncertainty over interest rates and continued pressure from the high Australian dollar are weighing on businesses, with D&B's latest Business Expectations Survey revealing that executive expectations for the September quarter 2012 have plummeted.
SMEs call for universal definition of small business 27 April, 2012
SMEs are calling for a universal definition of a  'small business' in light of varying interpretations across government departments, to be discussed at an upcoming roundtable by COSBOA and The Tax Institute.
Small businesses get riskier 19 April, 2012
Small businesses are getting riskier in 2012, with tens of thousands of firms now more likely to experience financial stress over the next 12 months. According to the D&B Dynamic Risk Score, one in ten businesses with one to 19 employees are now a higher risk of entering insolvency.
Recent improvements fail to bring payment days to pre-GFC levels 18 April, 2012
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.
RBA leaves interest rates unchanged at 4.25 per cent 05 April, 2012
The Reserve Bank's decision to leave the cash rate unchanged at 4.25 percent yesteday, for the third consecutive meeting this year, has attracted a number of criticisms from small business bodies and government officials alike.
Retail concern grows 03 April, 2012
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 latest D&B National Business Expectations Survey.
D&B catches up with COSBOA's Peter Strong 30 March, 2012
Dun & Bradstreet talks to Peter Strong, the Executive Director of the Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia, on what stands in the way of small businesses accessing credit.
Small businesses gain a new voice 29 March, 2012
SMEs have recently gained a greater voice in the Federal Government, with the recent announcement of a Small Business Minister and Small Business Commissioner to benefit the 2.7 million small businesses in Australia
Families struggling to manage debt 20 March, 2012
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 D&B 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.
400,000 small businesses missing out on mainstream finance 14 March, 2012
Nearly 400,000 small businesses are missing out on access to mainstream finance largely because credit providers are unable to adequately assess and price small business risk, according to a recent report by Dun & Bradstreet, 'Giving Small Business Credit'.

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