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Business failures spike against global trend 13 September, 2011
Australia has joined Europe as the only markets to record a significant increase in June quarter business failures, according to a report by credit agency Dun & Bradstreet. According to the D&B Global Business Failures Report, Australia recorded a 12 per cent increase in business failures in the June quarter, despite insolvencies around the world falling to their lowest levels in nearly four years.
Business wary of rate rise 07 September, 2011
Australian companies have cited a possible interest rate rise as a key risk factor according to Dun & Bradstreet's Business Expectations Survey for the December quarter, with employment and profit expectations remaining negative.
Manufacturers finding it difficult to pay their bills 30 August, 2011
Australian manufacturers are nearly five times more likely to be unable to pay their bills according to a recent analysis by credit agency Dun & Bradstreet. Over the four months to June 2011, the likelihood of severely delinquent payments in manufacturing increased by nearly 10 per cent, compared with a rise of just over 2 per cent in the non-manufacturing sector.
Business failures jump 25 percent 25 August, 2011
Business failures rose 25 percent during the June quarter to reach their highest level in 12 months. Smaller businesses and those in the retail, finance and service sectors recorded the highest failure rates, indicating firms in troubled sectors of the economy are struggling to stay afloat during periods of reduced cash flow.
Small businesses balk at EFTPOS changes 26 August, 2011
Small businesses and consumers alike will be negatively impacted by EFTPOS fee changes come October, with merchants' banks to be charged the five cent transaction fee instead of customers' banks. Given the poor retail climate, costs may be passed on from banks to businesses to customers.
Business expectations slump amid interest rate fears 02 August, 2011
The latest Dun & Bradstreet Business Expectations Survey reveals negative employment expectations in the December quarter as firms negate rising wages by reducing staff numbers, with 24 percent of executives expecting wages growth to be the primary influence on their operations.
Two-thirds of businesses fail to pay bills on time 28 July, 2011
Australian businesses are taking almost a full month longer than average to pay their bills, with national payment terms reaching 53.4 days during the June quarter 2011. While business to business payment times improved marginally during the June quarter, two-thirds of businesses took longer than the standard 30 day period to pay company accounts. This is according to the latest Dun & Bradstreet Trade Payment Analysis, which examines business to business payment terms for the June quarter 2011.
Increasing loan write-offs signal SME distress 21 July, 2011
High debt levels and bad loans plaguing SMEs have resulted in more and more loans being written off by banks. Write-offs have increased to nearly three percent for secured line credit loans in the past year and at the same time, small businesses are taking five days longer to pay their bills when compared with last year's data.
Consumers struggle to manage debt burden 15 July, 2011
Almost one third of Australians will struggle to meet their credit commitments in the next three months, and 37 percent intend to use their credit card to purchase something they could otherwise not afford. These are some of the findings from the latest Dun & Bradstreet Consumer Credit Expectations Survey for the September quarter 2011.
Business expectations hit two-year low 05 July, 2011
The findings from Dun & Bradstreet's latest Business Expectations Survey, which examines expectations for the September quarter, return key indices to levels seen just before the worst of the GFC and signals executives are uncertain about the start to the new financial year.

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