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Country Risk Assessment Map - February 2020

02/04/2020

New edition of the country risk map. Consult, download and print the map of the 162 countries assessed by Coface.

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Country ans Sector Risks Barometer - February 2020: Political and environmental risks are the main threats facing businesses in 2020

02/04/2020

As Coface launches the 2020 edition of its Country & Sector Risks Handbook, Chief Economist Julien Marcilly today presents the main threats for the global economy in 2020 at the Coface Country Risk Conference in Paris. The US-China trade agreement will not be enough to rekindle international trade.

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Turkey Payment Survey 2019: better picture in payment term but companies remain cautions regarding economic prospects

01/23/2020

Right after the recession that the economy went into during the second half of 2018 the private sector remains mixed in terms of the economic outlook.

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The global automotive industry and enhanced regulations: a very steep path ahead

12/10/2019

Hit by increasingly stringent regulations, particularly for environmental purposes, the global automotive industry is facing a downturn and is being forced to reinvent itself.

In a gloomy global economic context, the automotive sector faces several very specific challenges, including stronger and stricter environmental regulations. As a result, car sales are experiencing negative growth not seen since the Great Recession of 2008 and there is an uncertainty prevailing in the sector.

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Business failures in France are less frequent, but of a larger size

12/10/2019

While the number of companies facing corporate insolvency has decreased since the beginning of the year, their cost has increased, both financially and in terms of the number of jobs affected. After a difficult first quarter, marked by the repercussions of the “yellow vests” movement, the number of corporate insolvencies since the beginning of the year in France is set to decline for the fourth consecutive year. However, Coface expects a slight rebound in insolvencies in 2020 (+0.9%), mainly due to the expected slowdown in the construction sector, which was largely driven by public works in 2019 in the run-up to the municipal elections.

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Germany Payment Survey 2019: Turn of the tide

10/24/2019

This is the third edition of Coface’s survey on payment experience in Germany, done this summer, with 442 participating companies located in Germany. Our survey highlights that Germany is in a changing phase. The pressure on companies due to international competition is getting stronger. This is one of the reasons why German companies have increased their average credit period from 29.8 days to 35.9 days between 2017 and 2019.

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