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02/01/2024
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Country Risk Assessment Map - Q4 2023

162 countries under the magnifying glass

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12/19/2023
Country risk and economic studies

Poland corporate payment survey 2023

Despite economic challenges and fading resilience of to various headwinds, the general picture on payment liquidity in Poland remains favorable.

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12/13/2023
Country risk and economic studies

To grow out of its debt, Southern Europe must look beyond tourism and solve its demographic crisis

After collapsing due to travel restrictions to combat Covid-19, tourist numbers are now returning to pre-pandemic levels across Europe, with Mediterranean countries benefiting all the more.

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11/23/2023
Country risk and economic studies

German Metals Industry: Negative outlook, but surprisingly positive payment behaviour

The situation of the German metals sector has never been easy, but it got more challenging with the emergence of the competition of Chinese state-supported metal products as well as the downturn of the German automotive sector since 2018.

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11/20/2023
Country risk and economic studies

Egypt: no relief for the foreign currency squeeze

Recently, the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) instructed commercial banks to limit credit card use for transactions in foreign currencies.

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11/08/2023
Country risk and economic studies

France: Longer and more frequent payment delays, with small companies in the firing line

Explore the 2023 survey on corporate payment behavior in France, revealing longer and more frequent payment delays, impacting small companies.

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10/25/2023
Country risk and economic studies

Gulf Cooporation Council: A real winner of the global economic headwinds?

After a slowdown in 2023 mainly due to lower energy production and prices, 2024 is expected to be a year of higher economic growth for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries as, after several months of pessimism about global oil demand, prices have been on the rise since summer

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10/17/2023
Country risk and economic studies

Country and Sector Risk Barometer Q3 2023: Macroeconomics put to the test by microeconomic deterioration

All the leading indicators point to a sharp slowdown in activity in North America and the Eurozone towards the end of the year, and the recovery of the Chinese economy has rapidly collided with structural weaknesses and a lack of confidence among households and businesses. In this context, we have modified 7 country risk assessments (2 upgrades and 5 downgrades) and 33 sector risk assessments (17 upgrades and 16 downgrades).
More in our latest barometer.

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09/28/2023
Corporate news

COFACE SA: Moody's upgrades Coface's main operating company to A1 IFSR, stable outlook

The rating agency Moody’s, on 28th September 2023, has upgraded the financial strength rating (Insurance Financial Strength Rating – IFSR) for Coface to A1 from A2. The agency has also changed the outlook for Coface to stable from positive.

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09/26/2023
Corporate news

Coface launches API Portal, a new digital platform dedicated to API solutions

This portal offers Coface’s customers a complete suite of API solutions developed by Coface to enable them to integrate its services, expertise and unique data directly into their business ecosystem.
This initiative illustrates Coface's willingness to provide higher connectivity to its customers via advanced digital solutions designed to optimise credit risk manageme

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09/12/2023
Country risk and economic studies

On the way back to the bad old times in 2023's Germany Payment Survey

Although payment behaviour remains in a relatively good shape even after this deterioration, companies are very pessimistic about their business outlook.
Learn more in our full publication.

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07/19/2023
Country risk and economic studies

El Niño, a threat to global agriculture

The El Niño weather phenomenon, which is due to return in the 2nd half of 2023, is set to amplify the effects of climate change. Coface's forecasts point to major uncertainties for certain agricultural commodities (cereals, sugar, palm oil, citrus fruit) in the medium term, and significant risks for food security in certain regions of the world. Read our press release here.

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07/12/2023
Country risk and economic studies

Debt sustainability in Africa under the spotlight again

The successive shocks linked to the COVID pandemic and the war in Ukraine have had a clear negative impact on African economies. They have revealed, materialized and even exacerbated major structural weaknesses. Over-indebtedness and food insecurity, with their economic, political and social ramifications, are the chief hallmarks. Read our press release about it here.

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07/06/2023
Country risk and economic studies

Lost illusions and great expectations in our latest Country and sector risks Barometer

The year 2023 began with great enthusiasm, but in all likelihood it will not be the year that most observers were expecting. The 1st half of the year has reinforced some of our convictions... Read them and our economists' forecasts now.

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06/26/2023
Country risk and economic studies

Agricultural commodities under pressure

High production costs, trade tensions and increased weather risks will continue to weigh on global agricultural production in the months ahead.
Read our outlook on agro-food sector

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06/22/2023
Country risk and economic studies

Energy sector: outlook and opportunities in our latest podcast

Highlights from a new episode of the "Trade Talk" podcast with our chief economist Jean-Christophe Caffet, and Marc-Antoine Eyl-Mazzega, Director of the Energy & Climate Center at IFRI.

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06/07/2023
Country risk and economic studies

Transport sector: Recovery takes hold for air transport

While the global macroeconomic outlook remains uncertain, the transport sector has recorded the highest number of risk assessment upgrades in the latest Coface barometer.
Read our expert's analysis now.

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05/30/2023
Country risk and economic studies

To hike or not to hike? Bank of England’s great dilemma

On May 11, the Bank of England (BoE) decided to raise its key interest rate for the 12th time in a row, bringing it to 4.5%. At its latest meeting, the BoE stated that it would stay the course to ensure that inflation returned to 2%, and did not rule out further hikes if there are signs of persistent inflation. The latest figures show a slowdown in headline inflation, from 10.1% in March to 8.7% in April, but core inflation reached its highest level in 30 years.
Read our press release to learn more.

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05/23/2023
Country risk and economic studies

Companies in China report shorter payment delays in 2022 and expect higher economic growth in 2023

Coface’ survey shows that fewer firms encountered payment delays in 2022. 40% of respondents reported overdue, down from 53% in 2021. The average payment delay was shortened from 86 to 83 days in 2022. More information here and in our publication.

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05/22/2023
Country risk and economic studies

US: Economic resilience could be further tested by a debt ceiling showdown

The United States could run out of cash as early as June 1 if Congress does not suspend or raise the debt ceiling.

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