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Payment Practices Barometer Americas 2017

Payment Practices Barometer

  • Brazil,
  • Canada,
  • Agriculture,
  • Automotive/Transport,

12th September 2017

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After a minor increase from 47.6% in 2015 to 48.4% in 2016, the percentage of overdue B2B invoices appears to be flattening out, rising to 48.8% in 2017.

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    Country report South Africa 2019

    Country report

    • South Africa
    • General economic

    6th August 2019

    Economic reforms are urgent, especially improving the governance in state-owned enterprises, as large contingent liabilities are of great concern.

    Private debt could amplify costs of the trade war

    Economic research

    • China,
    • USA
    • General economic

    30th July 2019

    Private sector debt developments in the US and China probably won’t trigger an economic crisis but could deepen a downturn, possibly triggered by the bilateral trade war.

    Market Monitor chemicals Germany 2019

    Market Monitor

    • Germany
    • Chemicals/Pharma

    16th July 2019

    Due to the more difficult market environment and decreasing sales, we have recently downgraded the sector performance outlook from “Excellent” to “Good”.

    Market Monitor chemicals France 2019

    Market Monitor

    • France
    • Chemicals/Pharma

    16th July 2019

    The French plastics packaging segment is negatively impacted by oil price volatility, increased environmental awareness and stricter regulations.

    Market Monitor chemicals Singapore 2019

    Market Monitor

    • Singapore
    • Chemicals/Pharma

    16th July 2019

    In the medium- to long-term low-cost competitors from Asia and the Middle East could seriously challenge Singapore's export-oriented chemicals industry.

    EU moving forward with free trade deals

    Economic research

    • Argentina,
    • Austria,
    • General economic

    9th July 2019

    The EU continues to buck the international protectionist trend, signing two historic trade agreements.

    Country Report Mexico 2019

    Country report

    • Mexico
    • General economic

    7th February 2019

    The economic impact of USMCA on Mexican-US trade is likely to be limited, as it is effectively a small modification of the pre-existing NAFTA agreement.

    Country Report United States 2019

    Country report

    • USA
    • General economic

    7th February 2019

    Trade policy uncertainty is one of the top risks to US businesses and consumers in 2019 that may bring the next downturn on more quickly than expected.

    Country Report Canada 2019

    Country report

    • Canada
    • General economic

    7th February 2019

    Despite a forecast growth slowdown in 2019 the economy should still experience positive momentum, with low unemployment and manageable inflation.

    Goodbye NAFTA, hello USMCA

    Economic research

    • Canada,
    • Mexico,
    • General economic

    3rd December 2018

    The USMCA has finally been signed on November 30, easing short-term uncertainty surrounding North American trade.

    Market Monitor Machines China 2018

    Market Monitor

    • China
    • Machines/Engineering

    13th November 2018

    Despite ongoing growth, there are challenges ahead, as profit margins of businesses decreased in 2017 and H1 of 2018 due to sharply increased input costs.

    Market Monitor Machines France 2018

    Market Monitor

    • France
    • Machines/Engineering

    13th November 2018

    Many producers are under pressure to either expand/grow or refuse orders, while difficulties in hiring skilled staff impacts further business expansion.

    Market Monitor Machines Italy 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Italy
    • Machines/Engineering

    13th November 2018

    As in previous years, competition remains strong in the domestic market, mainly among small and medium-sized machinery companies depending on construction.

    Market Monitor Machines United Kingdom 2018

    Market Monitor

    • United Kingdom
    • Machines/Engineering

    13th November 2018

    A modest insolvency increase is expected in 2019, with businesses related to oil and gas exploration, construction and agricultural markets mainly exposed.

    Market Monitor Machines Belgium 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Belgium
    • Machines/Engineering

    13th November 2018

    The demand situation for Belgian machinery businesses is generally positive, but remains affected by difficulties in some major buyer industries.

    Market Monitor Machines Denmark 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Denmark
    • Machines/Engineering

    13th November 2018

    There is pressure on the profits of turbine manufacturers and their suppliers along the value chain, and further consolidation seems to be likely.

    Market Monitor Machines Germany 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Germany
    • Machines/Engineering

    13th November 2018

    Due to its high export ratio the industry is highly susceptible to rising geopolitical risks, exchange rate volatility, and rising protectionism.

    Market Monitor Machines Singapore 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Singapore
    • Machines/Engineering

    13th November 2018

    Business performance and profit margins of machinery traders could be negatively affected by the ongoing trade dispute between China and the United States.

    Market Monitor Machines Spain 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Spain
    • Machines/Engineering

    13th November 2018

    Due to its high export ratio the industry is highly susceptible to external risks like a deterioration in the Eurozone and rising protectionism.

    Market Monitor Machines USA 2018

    Market Monitor

    • USA
    • Machines/Engineering

    13th November 2018

    Some caution is still advised on businesses dependent on the oil/gas and the mining industry, due to potential impacts of energy price volatility.

    Narrow window of opportunity for Brazil

    Economic research

    • Brazil
    • General economic

    30th October 2018

    The election of Brazil's new president ends a long period of political uncertainty, but the window for much-needed reform is very narrow.

    Western Europe: an increase in past due B2B invoices

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Austria,
    • Belgium,
    • Construction,
    • Consumer Durables,

    29th October 2018

    After a minor increase from 2016 to 2017, the proportion of past due B2B receivables in Western Europe increased again this year and stands at 41.8%.

    Austria: 100% of respondents reported domestic delays

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Austria
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    29th October 2018

    All survey respondents in Austria (100%) reported domestic payment delays. This is the highest percentage in the region, significantly higher than in 2017.

    Belgium: another increase in overdue B2B invoices

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Belgium
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    29th October 2018

    The average proportion of overdue B2B invoices reported by respondents in Belgium increased for the third consecutive year in a row and stands at 45.6%.

    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 Handbook

    • 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.

    Debt Collections Handbook Brazil 2018

    Debt Collection Handbook

    • Brazil
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    24th September 2018

    Having drawn from the expertise of Atradius Collections' local offices, the International Debt Collections Handbook explains the different regulations and procedures for debt collections in Brazil.

    Debt Collections Handbook Netherlands 2018

    Debt Collection Handbook

    • Netherlands
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    24th September 2018

    Having drawn from the expertise of Atradius Collections' local offices, the International Debt Collections Handbook explains the different regulations for debt collections in the Netherlands.

    Debt Collections Handbook France 2018

    Debt Collection Handbook

    • France
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    24th September 2018

    Having drawn from the expertise of Atradius Collections' local offices, the International Debt Collections Handbook explains the different regulations and procedures for debt collections in France.

    Debt Collections Handbook UK 2018

    Debt Collection Handbook

    • United Kingdom
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    24th September 2018

    Having drawn from the expertise of Atradius Collections' local offices, the International Debt Collections Handbook explains the different regulations and procedures for debt collections in the UK.

    Debt Collections Handbook Hungary 2018

    Debt Collection Handbook

    • Hungary
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    24th September 2018

    Having drawn from the expertise of Atradius Collections' local offices, the International Debt Collections Handbook explains the different regulations and procedures for debt collections in Hungary.

    Debt Collections Handbook Greece 2018

    Debt Collection Handbook

    • Greece
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    24th September 2018

    Having drawn from the expertise of Atradius Collections' local offices, the International Debt Collections Handbook explains the different regulations and procedures for debt collections in Greece.

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