A new report by Atradius has forecasted that global GDP is set to accelerate to 3.2% in 2018, the strongest annual expansion since 2011. However, the chances of it improving for a longer period appear to be lower than expected. This is largely due to the increase in US protectionist measures and their potential for…

Businesses in the UK have reported decreasing bad debt losses in a sign of a strengthening economic environment. On average, businesses wrote off 2 percent of annual revenue due to non-payment in the past 12 months; a decrease from the 4.7 percent reported by UK companies in 2017. The findings are part of the European Payment…

As a strong sign of a stable economic development in the majority of Europe, businesses are reporting decreasing bad debt losses. On average, 1.7 percent of the yearly revenue had to be written off due to non-payments in the past 12 months; a decrease compared to the 2.14 percent reported by European companies in 2017…

Euler Hermes published a report analysing European payment delays. The report analysed companies’ working capital requirements (WCR): a financial metric whose components are accounts receivable, inventory and account payabl]. It gives the amount of financial resources needed by a company to ensure its production cycle and its repayments of both debts and operational expenses. It…

Euler Hermes publishes its annual review and forecast of global average Days Sales Outstanding (DSO), based on a sample of 20 sectors and 36 countries. According to the 2017 figures, DSO reached its highest level since 2007 at 66 days. This trend is expected to continue in 2018 with global average DSO to rise by…

Globalisation and the need to keep up with international trends have led to an increase in the number of global CEOs now leading the FTSE’s largest listed companies, although UK CEOs remain the first choice, according to the Robert Half FTSE 100 CEO Tracker. The total number of UK CEOs leading the FTSE 100 has slipped…

Credit managers, those who keep the cash flowing in business, are untroubled by Brexit, unimpressed by new regulation, and keen to see how new technology can enhance performance in the future. They are also valued by the companies who employ them, and actively involved in the performance and success of the businesses they represent. These…

A new report by Coface has indicated that here was an 8.3% drop in the number of French business insolvencies to 53,414 cases over one year in January 2018, which is the lowest since October 2008. Their cost to the economy is experiencing a double-digit drop: -15.2% for supplier debt (3.2 billion euros) thanks to…

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are increasingly turning to alternative sources of financing,  according to a new OECD report. The report also shows that new bank lending is declining in a number of countries. Many SMEs remain over-reliant on bank credit, however, and the take-up of instruments other than straight debt varies greatly from one…

Trade credit insurance specialist Euler Hermes has warned that future export market may prove to be a bad debt risk after Brexit. The findings come from Euler Hermes annual Collection Complexity Scores and Rating report, which measures the challenges of international debt collection procedures in 50 of the largest economies involved in global trade. The report…

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