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09/08/2017
Corporate Publications

Central and Eastern Europe: Less business insolvencies despite temporary headwinds in the construction sector

Despite some slowdown last year, average GDP growth remained at a solid level of 2.9% in Central and Eastern Europe. Economies have been benefiting from the favourable situation on the labour market, with contracting unemployment rates and rising wages. The improving macroeconomic environment has had positive effects on business. Company insolvencies dropped by 14% in 2015 and a further 6% in 2016. Over the course of last year, 6 entities per 1,000 became insolvent.

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02/10/2017
Corporate Publications

Panorama: Coface Brazil corporate payment survey

Brazilian companies are currently faced with a challenging environment. GDP underwent an accumulated contraction of 7.4% during the two years of 2015-2016.

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01/13/2017
Corporate Publications

Panorama Poland payment survey - Payment delays pervade polish corporates

Coface’s payment survey confirms that sales on credit are being extensively used by Polish companies. Although credit periods have become common practice, it does not mean that receivables are being paid on time.

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07/18/2016
Corporate Publications

Barometer of sector risks in the world - July 2016

Coface updates its risks outlook for 12 business sectors in 6 regions every quarter.

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05/27/2016
Corporate Publications

Coface 2015 Activity report

Whatever their size, nationality or sector, we inform our customers about current market issues to assist them in controlling their financial risks.

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04/04/2016
Corporate Publications

Companies in emerging countries: Can we once again believe in the Phoenix miracle?

Halved growth between 2010 and 2015, sharply increasing debt, increased exposure to currency risk, growing scarcity and increased cost of credit, falling export revenues (...)

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03/17/2016
Corporate Publications

Iran: sharp turn ahead, drive carefully

After five years of sanctions, Iran is finally ready to rejoin the global community. The return of Iran should have an effect on international growth through the oil channel but above all, will bring huge changes to Iran itself. International sanctions have impacted the Iranian economy. Two consecutive years of negative growth and runaway inflation have tested Iran’s resistance model to its limit. The lifting of the EU embargo will allow Iran to revive its oil sector and return to the global market. The country is perceived as a new Eldorado, with its 78 million potential consumers.

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03/16/2016
Corporate Publications

China Corporate payment survey

Since 2003, Coface has been conducting annual surveys on business payment experience in China. In 2015, the average credit terms offered by China-based firms decreased again, reflecting a more prudent approach to granting credit facilities to customers. the overall payment experience in China deteriorated and remained very challenging in 2015.

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11/16/2015
Corporate Publications

Egypt: slow recovery, structural challenges

Coface estimates that growth will increase to 4.4% for 2015/2016. With the new Suez Canal, confidence seems to be returning to Egypt, marking the beginning of a new era for the country. In effect, Egypt’s economy is trying to get back on track following the effects of six different governments since 2011.

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10/05/2015
Corporate Publications

Country Risk Barometer Q3 2015

For the fourth consecutive year, global growth will fail to exceed 3%. At the beginning of the year however, this target did not appear unattainable.

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10/02/2015
Corporate Publications

Asia challenged by China’s slowdown

The Chinese economy has been in the spotlight for several months: devaluation of the yuan, stock market collapse, falling property prices, fears of an excessive economic slowdown, doubts about the reliability of published data and, more generally speaking, uncertainties about the rebalancing process the authorities have launched.

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10/01/2015
Corporate Publications

Gulf countries: various reactions to the same shock

What are the impacts of lower oil prices on the gulf countries economy. Focus on Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain. What are the diversification strategies and the region’s integration with international trade. Focuses on the food and beverage sector in the UAE and automotive sector in Saudi Arabia.

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09/14/2015
Corporate Publications

Company insolvencies in Western Europe: slight lull being confirmed for 2015

In this first overview of company insolvencies in Europe, Coface examines the following question: Was the return to growth observed in Europe strong enough to bring about a lasting reduction in business failures?

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09/14/2015
Corporate Publications

Ranking Coface CEE top 500 companies

Coface’s seventh annual study on the biggest 500 companies in Central and Eastern Europe ranks the businesses by their turnover and additionally analyses data such as number of employees, the framework of the companies, sectors and markets. In 2014, the CEE Top 500 companies generated a turnover of EUR 572 billion, which exceeds even half of the aggregated 2014 nominal GDP of those economies. The biggest companies were able to increase their turnover as well as workforce.

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07/28/2015
Corporate Publications

Automotive Sector Central Europe

The automotive sector plays an important role in the CEE’s economic activity. Thanks to low labour costs, the educated workforce, geographical proximity to Western European markets, tax incentives and the stabilising legal environment, CEE countries have become attractive destinations for investment by global car manufacturers.

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07/17/2015
Corporate Publications

Credit Rating Announcement

GCR affirms Coface South Africa Insurance Company Limited’s rating of AA+(ZA); Outlook Stable.

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07/13/2015
Corporate Publications

Group Activity Report 2014

Registration document 2014 including the Financial report - Backed by nearly 70 years of experience, the Coface Group is a global leader in credit insurance.

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06/04/2015
Corporate Publications

Turkey Panorama: Challenges Amid Global Changes

After a decade of well-implemented reforms and high growth rates, the Turkish economy seems to be struggling to maintain the same growth performance. Coface expects a growth rate of 3.5% this year - still a solid rate, yet below the potential growth rate estimated at 5% and lower than some of the country’s peers.

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04/14/2015
Corporate Publications

The Mexican Economy Faces Headwinds

Since the signature of the Pacto por Mexico in December 2012, an agreement struck by the three main political parties, the country has witnessed a variety of reforms. President Peña Nieto was efficient in securing cross-party support and big improvements, were made in 2013.

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03/09/2015
Corporate Publications

Panorama China Payment Survey

Coface conducts an annual survey of payment experience in China. With 80% of the survey respondents shared overdue experience and 56.7% of them saw an increase in overdue amount over the past year, the overall payment experience in China remained very challenging in 2014.

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