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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.
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.Read More
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This initiative illustrates Coface's willingness to provide higher connectivity to its customers via advanced digital solutions designed to optimise credit risk manageme
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.
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.
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.Read More
United Kingdom: Corporate insolvencies are going from zero to a hundred after end of government support measures
In 2022, around 23,400 companies went bankrupt in the United Kingdom, causing corporate insolvencies to reach its highest levels since the 2009 Global Financial Crisis “GFC”.
Read our analysis of this rapid rise in insolvencies.
The agreement on cereal shipments in the Black Sea will not be enough to solve all the challenges of the agri-sector in 2023
Although the agreement concerning the cereals transit in the Black sea has contributed to ease the pressure on cereals supply, its effects are limited and grey areas on the food security of many countries persist.Read More
Good response times, risk underwriting expertise, collaborative approach… Denmaur, one of the UK’s leading paper suppliers, recently renewed its credit insurance agreement with Coface, a long-term partner.Read More
In early April, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Kazakhstan, Algeria and Oman announced combined oil output cuts of more than 1.1 million barrels per day (b/d), surprising the markets. This commitment follows a first production cut announced in October 2022 by OPEC+. It comes in addition of Russia's decision to cut output by around 500,000 b/d in reaction to the implementation of a EU ban on seaborne imports of Russian oil and oil products.Read More
Recently acquired by Coface, Rel8ed is a specialized data analytics boutique, which develops innovative solutions leveraging Big Data and AI. How can our trade credit insurance and Business Information clients benefit from the pooling of expertise? Bob Lytle, General Manager and founder of Rel8ed, shares more here.Read More
Coface Germany celebrates its 100th birthday! The company was founded in March 1923 in Mainz on the initiative of Isaac Fulda, a local banker.
To mark this milestone, Coface is looking back on its history in the country.