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  • Argentina,
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  • Agriculture,
  • Automotive/Transport,

9th September 2019

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The International Debt Collections Handbook is a key tool for businesses when it comes to making decisions concerning collections in foreign countries.

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    Denmark: maintaining their credit-friendly stance

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Denmark
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    29th October 2018

    The survey’s biggest negative change in the proportion of uncollectable receivables was recorded in Denmark; up from 1.3% in 2017 to 1.8% in 2018.

    France: an increase in payment duration

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • France
    • Automotive/Transport,
    • Chemicals/Pharma,

    29th October 2018

    After an increase from 43.5% in 2017 to 47.5% this year, France has the second highest percentage of overdue B2B invoices in the Western European region.

    Germany: late payments leading to revenue loss

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Germany
    • Automotive/Transport,
    • Chemicals/Pharma,

    29th October 2018

    Of the Western European countries surveyed, Germany had the second highest percentage of respondents (24.7%) who reported revenue loss due to overdues.

    UK: the highest proportion of overdues in the region

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • United Kingdom
    • Agriculture,
    • Construction,

    29th October 2018

    At 48.7%, Great Britain had the highest proportion of past due B2B invoices in Western Europe, significantly higher than the regional average of 41.8%.

    Greece: heavily impacted by past due B2B invoices

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Greece
    • Automotive/Transport,
    • Chemicals/Pharma,

    29th October 2018

    Despite already posting the highest proportion of uncollectable receivables in the region, Greece’s average rose to 2.8% in 2018 from 2.5% in 2017.

    Ireland: 56.3% of suppliers felt the impact of overdues

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Ireland
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    29th October 2018

    For 56.3% of Irish respondents reported negative consequences of overdues over the past 12 months. For 15.1% of suppliers these led to revenue loss.

    Italy: still the highest DSO in Western Europe

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Italy
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    29th October 2018

    Despite a significant decrease in 2018, at 74 days, the average DSO reported by survey respondents in Italy remains the highest in Western Europe.

    Spain: feeling the impact of overdue B2B invoices

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Spain
    • Automotive/Transport,
    • Chemicals/Pharma,

    29th October 2018

    Most respondents in Spain have felt the impact of overdue invoices; 22.4% had to postpone payments to their own suppliers and 20.3% reported revenue loss.

    Sweden: the biggest increase of overdues in the region

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Sweden
    • Automotive/Transport,
    • Chemicals/Pharma,

    29th October 2018

    The proportion of past due B2B invoices in Sweden has sharply increased from 26.7% in 2017 to 34.0%. Foreign B2B customers had a much higher default rate.

    Switzerland: feeling the impact of overdue invoices

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Switzerland
    • Automotive/Transport,
    • Chemicals/Pharma,

    29th October 2018

    92.5% of Swiss respondents said that they experienced late payment in 2018. This is one of the highest percentages next to that of Austria and Belgium.

    The Netherlands: the biggest DSO increase in the region

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Netherlands
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    29th October 2018

    In 2018, the average DSO recorded in the Netherlands is 46 days, an increase of five days compared to 2017. This is the biggest increase in Western Europe.

    Country Report Slovakia 2018

    Country Report

    • Slovakia
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    9th October 2018

    Economic growth is expected to remain robust in 2018 and 2019, but the economy is highly vulnerable to adverse developments in the automotive sector.

    Country Report Bulgaria 2018

    Country Report

    • Bulgaria
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    9th October 2018

    Bulgaria´s economic growth is forecast to remain robust in 2018 and 2019, as household spending is spurred by wage growth and an improving labour market.

    Country Report Czech Republic 2018

    Country Report

    • Czech Republic
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    9th October 2018

    After growing 4.5% in 2017 Czech GDP growth is expected to increase at a slower pace in 2018 and 2019, as Eurozone and domestic demand are cooling down.

    Country Report Hungary 2018

    Country Report

    • Hungary
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    9th October 2018

    After increasing 4% in 2018 GDP growth is expected to decelerate to below 3% due to lower household consumption and less investment and export growth.

    Country Report Poland 2018

    Country Report

    • Poland
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    9th October 2018

    In Central Europe, Poland's economy looks most vulnerable to the financial and economic fallout of the United Kingdom's decision to leave the EU.

    Country Report Romania 2018

    Country Report

    • Romania
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    9th October 2018

    Romania´s GDP is expected to grow at a lower pace in 2018 and 2019 as export growth has slowed and domestic demand is cooling due to higher interest rates.

    Country Report Russia 2018

    Country Report

    • Russia
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    9th October 2018

    Despite the current rebound the long-term prospect for higher growth rates is subdued due to structural weaknesses and the negative impact of sanctions.

    Country Report Turkey 2018

    Country Report

    • Turkey
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    9th October 2018

    Despite monetary tightening the economy remains susceptible to further currency volatility, and the risk of a severe economic downturn has increased.

    International Debt Collections Handbook

    Debt Collection Reports

    • Argentina,
    • Australia,
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    24th September 2018

    The International Debt Collections Handbook is a key tool for businesses when it comes to making decisions concerning collections in foreign countries.

    Eastern Europe: 45% of businesses report being impacted

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Bulgaria,
    • Czech Republic,
    • Construction,
    • Consumer Durables,

    18th September 2018

    Despite a minor decrease in overdue B2B invoices, 45.0% of businesses in Eastern Europe reported having to manage the negative impact of payment delays.

    Bulgaria: delays caused by insufficient funds

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Bulgaria
    • Agriculture,
    • Construction,

    18th September 2018

    Of the Eastern European countries surveyed, Bulgaria had the highest DSO and 19.8% of respondents expect another slight increase over the coming 12 months.

    Czech Republic: frequent late payments in 2018

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Czech Republic
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    18th September 2018

    The percentage of Czech respondents reporting late payment remained largely stable. However, at 89.8% this is one of the highest percentages in the region.

    Hungary: the most inclined to offer credit terms

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Hungary
    • Construction,
    • Consumer Durables,

    18th September 2018

    In 2018, respondents in Hungary reported a significant increase in DSO and that the proportion of uncollectable B2B receivables also went up slightly.

    Romania: least inclined to offer credit terms

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Romania
    • Construction,
    • Consumer Durables,

    18th September 2018

    Due to overdue B2B invoices, 20.3% of respondents in Romania had to postpone payments to their own suppliers while 14.8% had to correct cash flow.

    Poland: big change in DSO

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Poland
    • Automotive/Transport,
    • Chemicals/Pharma,

    18th September 2018

    The proportion of past due B2B invoices is the second highest in the region and almost 60% of Polish respondents said that this affected their businesses.

    Slovakia: lower overdues but increasing DSO

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Slovakia
    • Automotive/Transport,
    • Chemicals/Pharma,

    18th September 2018

    Despite improvements in 2018, respondents in Slovakia reported an increase in DSO and 27.5% of businesses seem to have been impacted by late payments.

    Turkey: the country most affected by late payment

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Turkey
    • Agriculture,
    • Chemicals/Pharma,

    18th September 2018

    2018 brought many changes in Turkey – more frequent payment delays, increases in the proportion of overdue B2B invoices and DSO, a longer payment duration.

    Market Monitor Automotive China 2018

    Market Monitor

    • China
    • Automotive/Transport

    4th September 2018

    It seems that the market is rather resilient in the light of the ongoing Sino-US trade dispute, but overcapacity in the electric car segment is increasing.

    Market Monitor Automotive USA 2018

    Market Monitor

    • USA
    • Automotive/Transport

    4th September 2018

    Any imposition of tariffs on car parts and vehicle imports would severely impact the US automotive industry, most probably leading to more insolvencies.

    Market Monitor Automotive United Kingdom 2018

    Market Monitor

    • United Kingdom
    • Automotive/Transport

    4th September 2018

    Both payment delays and insolvencies are expected to increase in the coming months as decreasing investments and lower production will impact suppliers.

    Market Monitor Automotive France 2018

    Market Monitor

    • France
    • Automotive/Transport

    4th September 2018

    Despite the ongoing upturn, automotive suppliers at the lower end of the value chain face elevated debt levels, strong competition and price pressure.

    Market Monitor Automotive Germany 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Germany
    • Automotive/Transport

    4th September 2018

    Margins continue to decrease due to increased material and labour costs, rising competition, pressure on sales prices and the need to invest heavily.

    Market Monitor Automotive Japan 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Japan
    • Automotive/Transport

    4th September 2018

    The sector shows good growth rates, but manufacturers active in the US are affected by the import tariffs on steel and aluminium imposed since June 2017.

    Market Monitor Automotive Italy 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Italy
    • Automotive/Transport

    4th September 2018

    Smaller automotive businesses experienced a decrease in equity, solvency and liquidity ratios - a trend that is expected continue in the coming months.

    Market Monitor Automotive Spain 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Spain
    • Automotive/Transport

    4th September 2018

    The impact of potential US tariffs on car and car-part producers would be limited, as the US is not a key market for Spanish OEMs due to their model range.

    Market Monitor Automotive Mexico 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Mexico
    • Automotive/Transport

    4th September 2018

    While sales in the Mexican automotive market remained subdued in the first half of 2018 car exports have increased 10%, helped by new production plants.

    Market Monitor Automotive Poland 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Poland
    • Automotive/Transport

    4th September 2018

    Due to the high export dependence any imposition of import tariffs by the US would have an adverse impact on the sector, especially for Tier 1 businesses.

    Market Monitor Automotive Slovakia 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Slovakia
    • Automotive/Transport

    4th September 2018

    Payment duration in the Slovakian automotive sector ranges from 45 to 90 days, and the payment experience has been good over the past two years.

    Market Monitor Automotive Sweden 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Sweden
    • Automotive/Transport

    4th September 2018

    Profit margins are rather high in the sector, with most businesses financially resilient enough to cope with minor volatility in demand or commodity prices.

    Insolvency forecasts August 2018

    Economic Note

    • Australia,
    • Austria,
    • General economic

    30th August 2018

    The global economy is in an upswing based on broad-based economic growth and still-low interest rates, but we are reaching a turning point.

    Market Monitor chemicals Mexico 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Mexico
    • Chemicals/Pharma

    19th July 2018

    Payment delays have not increased in 2017, despite many businesses suffering from decreased liquidity due to higher import prices for commodities.

    Market Monitor chemicals Indonesia 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Indonesia
    • Chemicals/Pharma

    19th July 2018

    Indonesian pharmaceuticals sector growth is driven by a rising population and the roll-out of the government's universal healthcare insurance system.

    Market Monitor chemicals India 2018

    Market Monitor

    • India
    • Chemicals/Pharma

    19th July 2018

    Sales growth in the pharmaceuticals and healthcare market is supported by a robust economic outlook and increasing private and public healthcare spending.

    Market Monitor chemicals Brazil 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Brazil
    • Chemicals/Pharma

    19th July 2018

    Chemicals businesses dependent on raw materials imports are highly exposed to exchange rate volatility and the looming threat of trade restrictions.

    Market Monitor chemicals United Kingdom 2018

    Market Monitor

    • United Kingdom
    • Chemicals/Pharma

    19th July 2018

    Good short-term outlook for the chemicals sector, but Brexit poses a downside risk for businesses profitability and payment behaviour in the mid-term.

    Market Monitor chemicals Italy 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Italy
    • Chemicals/Pharma

    19th July 2018

    Further growth expected, but businesses dependent on construction, construction materials and consumer durables still require particular attention.

    Market Monitor chemicals Poland 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Poland
    • Chemicals/Pharma

    19th July 2018

    Payment behaviour in the Polish chemicals sector has been good over the past two years, and the number of non-payments and insolvencies has been low.

    Market Monitor chemicals Turkey 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Turkey
    • Chemicals/Pharma

    19th July 2018

    Payment delays and insolvencies are expected to increase in the chemicals sector due to lower sales and the lira depreciation since the end of 2017.

    Market Monitor Chemicals USA 2018

    Market Monitor

    • USA
    • Chemicals/Pharma

    19th July 2018

    Potential taxes on chemicals-related imports could find US chemicals businesses paying more for feedstocks and would negatively impact supply chains.

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