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Business to business lending declines as payment terms deteriorate 30 March, 2011
Business to business lending has declined following a spike during the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) as deteriorating payment terms make executives nervous about extending credit to their customers. The trend is likely to act as a drag on Australia's economic performance and present as a considerable headwind for the global recovery according to an analysis of trade credit trends by Dun & Bradstreet.
Lending institutions find solace in wealth, super and funds management 09 March, 2011
The banking and finance industry has suffered through some tough years but the latest SmartCompany-Dun & Bradstreet Industry Growth List for the finance sector reveals major lending institutions are finding solace in wealth, superannuation and funds management.
Business expectations decline as consumers' continue to pay down debt 08 March, 2011
Business expectations have declined dramatically as consumer deleveraging weighs down retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers according to the latest Dun & Bradstreet Business Expectations Survey. The impact of consumer deleveraging is most evident in sales and profit expectations but is also flowing through to other key indices.
Beacon lights the way again 19 February, 2011
DOWNTURN? What downturn Beacon Lighting has brushed aside the retail doomsayers with a performance that has enabled the company to triumph yet again in The Age l D&B Victorian Business Awards.
Business failures on the rise 17 February, 2011
Business failures jumped nearly 25 percent in 2010 as cash flow pressures made their presence felt even as the Australian economy continued to be one of the better performers in the developed world.
Now 'Big G' takes building seriously 11 February, 2011
When Wodonga-based home building business, Southern Vale Homes, first opened its doors, owner Graham ''Big G'' Searle set a goal to build 10-20 houses a year. Seventeen years later the company's turnover has rocketed, with its profit increasing 63 per cent in the past two years.It is this impressive result that helped Southern Vale Homes win the 2011 The Age  l D&B Business Awards building and allied industries category.
IT firms hope to dodge human errors 09 February, 2011
The thriving Australian economy is a double-edged sword for the IT sector - companies are growing, gaining new customers and enjoying new hardware, but the skills shortage is looming on the horizon.
Wages expected to rise as labour market tightens 08 February, 2011
Competition for labour and the potential impact on wages are the issues most likely to affect business conditions heading into the middle of the year. Executives report an overall easing in expectations for sales, profits, inventories and capital investment after recent highs. These are the findings from the latest Dun & Bradstreet Business Expectations Survey, which examines the expectations of executives for the June quarter 2011.
Beacon of light in the economic gloom 07 February, 2011
To say the past few years haven't been kind to retailers is an understatement. Many struggled to keep their moorings in the world financial storm and lately more copped another whack as shoppers tightened their purse strings in the wake of successive interest rate rises.
Lumen boss allows staff to make dreams come true 04 February, 2011
KEITH Evans makes no secret of how to succeed in business. The chief executive of car spare-parts maker Lumen boasts that he has never made a mistake but, it would be foolish to think he has idle hands. Lumen's success has secured them The Age D&B Business Award for the country and rural category.

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