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03.11.2015
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Brazil: no quick fix for the crisis

Brazil, downgraded to B (significant risk of businesses defaulting) by Coface in September, has been facing a scenario of economic juggling. The Central Bank’s increase in interest rates, to control inflation, has compromised GDP. Lower activity is reducing tax revenues and threatening fiscal adjustment. In addition, the government needs Congress’s backing in order to reach its primary surplus targets – but this support is lacking. Political uncertainties are weighing heavily on the country’s economic performance.

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19.10.2015
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Poland – solid economic growth results in a sustainable decrease of company insolvencies

The increased economic activity in Poland already reached levels required to stabilise the number of company insolvencies. The current global economic situation could be summarised as a gradual recovery for advanced economies and turbulent times for emerging countries. This would not appear to be the case for the emerging economies of Central and Eastern Europe which, in most cases, are on an improving track. Poland is outperforming this regional group.

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15.10.2015
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Focus on the future of solar energy in Europe: photovoltaics

Despite competition from China and the end of subsidies, the revival of the European photovoltaic industry seems likely.
Although photovoltaics only accounts for 5.3% of total electricity consumption in Europe, this sector has benefited from worldwide momentum in favour of "greener" energy consumption. Between 2004 and 2012 European electricity from photovoltaics increased sharply, from 0.7 to 62.4 billion KWh. This growth was driven by Germany, Spain and Italy, where 80% of Europe's photovoltaic facilities were located. The sudden expansion of photovoltaics was made possible by favourable government policies (a system of renewable purchase obligations and subsidies), plus the sharp and continued drop in the price of installations, intensified by Chinese competition. Europe led the field at that time, accounting for 75% of worldwide production in 2012.

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15.10.2015
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Quarterly sector risk assessments update

Energy is more risky than ever, while Information and Communication Technologies is the only sector to receive a positive revision and Automotive is adjusting

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15.10.2015
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Infographics: The temperature of 14 sectors activity in the world

Infographics: The temperature of 14 sectors activity in the world

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18.09.2015
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Is a Chinese shadow cast over Asia?

China is trying to find a way to achieve healthier, more sustainable growth, but this is not completely painless for its economy – or for those of its neighbours. According to Coface estimates, growth is unlikely to exceed 6.7% in 2015 and 6.2% in 2016, compared with 13.4% over the period 2006-2007. This is mainly a result of the technological and capital catch-up process running out of steam: several industries are suffering from overcapacity and corporate indebtedness is high, thus impacting investment. We are witnessing a shift in the Chinese economic model. Which Asian countries will be the first victims if there is a hard landing? And which will enjoy the greatest immunity?

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18.09.2015
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Country risk assessment map - 3rd quarter 2015

160 COUNTRIES UNDER THE MAGNIFYING GLASS

Macroeconomic expertise in assessing country risk
Comprehension of the Business environment
Microeconomic data collected over 70 years of payment experience.

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18.09.2015
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Quarterly update of the Coface country risk assessments

Large and small emerging countries are experiencing strong turbulence

Although worldwide growth continues to recover,its rate will not exceed 3% for the fourth year in a row. The advanced economies are doing much better: Activity in the USA rose significantly in the 2nd quarter (2.5% forecast for 2015), thanks to both consumer spending and investment, and in the Eurozone (1.5%) the gradual upturn in activity continues

The emerging countries (forecast growth of 3.5% in 2015, 4.2% in 2016) are overshadowed by the weakness of raw material prices and the fall in exchange rates against the dollar. In a number of the larger emerging countries, activity slowed down (China, Turkey, South Africa) or went into recession (Russia and now Brazil). The recent Chinese stock market collapse and its consequences on raw material prices have only intensified these weaknesses. According to Coface, the country risk in the emerging countries will remain a major point of vigilance this year.

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16.09.2015
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How Gulf Cooperation Council countries (GCC) are dealing with falling oil prices

As oil continues to be a major contributor to economic performance in the GCC, economic diversification is vital for the Gulf countries to ensure continued healthy growth. This has been showcased in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, which are driving sustained GDP growth through significant government investment in non-oil sectors. In the UAE, the food and beverage sector is forecasted to grow by 36% between 2014 and 2019, while KSA’s automotive industry is slated to rise by 5.2% in 2015.

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09.09.2015
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Latin America: what life after the commodity burst?

Growth in Latin America has been slowing down since 2011. This lacklustre situation, caused by weak domestic fundamentals, has been exacerbated by cyclical factors experienced since the second half of 2014. In 2015 we have ob-served a further deterioration of this downwards trend, with regional GDP ex-pected to contract by 0.2%. It will be the first recession since 2009, when activi-ty shrunk by 1.4% due to the subprime crisis.

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22.07.2015
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The CEE automotive sector is highly dependent on foreign investments – but there are positive dynamics in domestic demand

The CEE region has become an attractive destination for investments by global car manufacturers. In 2014, 3.6 million vehicles were produced in Eastern Europe, equating to 21% of total EU production. In the CEE countries covered by Coface´s analysis there are 33 car factories, most of which were created by foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows. The analysis shows that despite high dynamics of car sales generated by local clients recently, CEE factories remain highly dependent on foreign demand.

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26.01.2015
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Country Risk Conference 2015 : Risiken bleiben

Coface ist vorsichtig optimistisch in der Einschätzung von Risiken. Die Weltwirtschaft erholt sich langsam. Probleme in China.

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11.09.2014
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CofaMove - die Coface-App

Mit CofaMove, der praktischen Smartphone-App, setzt Coface den Weg der Innovation fort und macht Ihr Kundenportal mobil.

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08.09.2014
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Company insolvencies in Brazil: what to expect in the near future?

Restructuring and bankruptcy remain increasingly used procedures.

Activity in Brazil remains lacklustre, inflation above targets and interest rates are amongst the highest in the world. Various indexes show that confidence in Brazil remains down, while the low investment ratio continues to deteriorate.

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04.09.2014
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Romania at the front line of economic growth in 2013 – but will it catch up after the contraction in 2014?

Romania’s economic performance has made it one of the leaders in Europe’s recovery. Its growth has exceeded expectations, with GDP rising by 3.5% in 2013. Significant contributions came from the agricultural and industrial sectors, in particular from car production supplying mainly foreign customers. Although Romania will not continue this pace of growth in 2014, the outlook remains positive.

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25.07.2014
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Serbia becomes 98th market for Coface’s credit insurance offer

Coface, a world-leading credit insurer, is enriching its offer in Serbia through a local partnership with Axa. From now on, in addition to debt collection and business information services, Serbian companies can benefit from Coface’s longstanding expertise in credit insurance and its international footprint.

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10.07.2014
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Coface launches an innovative offering for SMEs in Luxembourg

EasyLiner, a simple on-line solution to protect against unpaid invoices

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12.06.2014
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Coface notes an improvement in risks in Western Europe and in "new" emerging economies

The first quarter of 2014 confirmed the acceleration in global growth: according to Coface's forecasts, after 2.6% in 2013, growth will be close to 3% in 2014 and 3.3% in 2015. The eurozone (1.1% expected in 2014) is slowly but surely recovering from a serious double-dip. The US is showing dynamic and balanced growth (2.7% forecast in 2014), in spite of bad weather in January. A rebalancing of growth is therefore underway: advanced economies will contribute around a third of this (compared to only a quarter in 2013) and emerging countries two thirds.

It is in the context of this confirmed recovery that Coface has upgraded its assessments of several European and emerging economies.

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12.06.2014
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The UK upgraded to A2 due to the strength of its recovery

Affected in 2009 by a recession more intense than other European countries under the effect of a sharp drop in household consumption and investment, the British economy is currently distinguished by the strength of renewed growth (1.8% in 2013). Forecast at +2.7% in 2014 by Coface, it could be as dynamic as that of the United States and exceed Germany (2%).
While the change from a service economy towards a diversified economy is gradual, the industrial renewal is underway. Despite several persistent weaknesses, Coface puts the country risk assessment of the UK at A2.

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23.05.2014
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Coface forecasts a 13% drop in SME insolvencies in Spain and stabilisation in France in 2014

With comparable profiles in terms of entrepreneurial activity, Spain and France are following a worrying trend in terms of company insolvencies. However, SMEs in the two countries have evolved differently since the 2008-2009 crisis, and insolvency forecasts for 2014 further underline this divergence

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29.04.2014
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Insolvencies in Central and Eastern Europe 2013: New peak with 70,000 companies affected

• 2013 topped the record year of 2012: +5% more insolvencies in CEE due to the Eurozone slowdown and budget restrictions
• Top-performing sectors: IT, education and Healthcare
• Sectors lagging behind: construction, wholesale and retail trade
• Outlook for 2014 and 2015: insolvency rate finally stabilized?


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25.04.2014
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New paradigm for the electronics industry in Asia: clear dynamism, increased risks

Emerging Asia is the new epicentre of electronics innovation. Local companies are now counting on the internalisation of production and research. However, the dynamism of the sector faces new risks, as the gradual rise in unpaid invoices. In 2013, close to 3 out of 4 companies in the electronics & IT sector in Asia-Pacific experienced overdue payments.

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25.04.2014
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Coface quarterly credit risks survey: 14 sectors in three major regions of the world

Sector risk stabilising in North America and Europe but becoming a source of concern in emerging Asia.

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25.03.2014
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Coface identifies 10 emerging countries hot on the heels of the BRICS

After 10 years of frenetic growth, the BRICS are slowing down sharply: for 2014, Coface forecasts growth of on average 3.2 points lower than the average growth these countries registered over the previous decade. At the same time, other emerging countries are accelerating their development.

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24.03.2014
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Country risk assessments: United States one of best risks whilst major emerging economies struggle

The upturn in the advanced economies (1.9% forecast for 2014, after 1.2% in 2013) is reflected in the upwards revision of the country risk assessments for the United Kingdom and the United States, which join the best risk category.

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10.02.2014
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Direkter Service in Kolumbien

Der führende Kreditversicherer in Südamerika ist jetzt in neun Ländern der Region tätig.

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28.01.2014
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China 2014: Stabiles, aber langsameres Wachstum trotz Finanzierungsrisiken und Überkapazitäten

2014 wird die Entwicklung in China in makro- und mikroökonomischer Hinsicht unterschiedlich verlaufen. Von der Versammlung des Zentralkomitees der Kommunistischen Partei werden etliche Reformen erwartet. Deren Umsetzung kann sich durchaus nachteilig auf die Realwirtschaft auswirken. Angesichts steigender Kapitalkosten müssen zudem Finanzierungs- und Kreditrisiken im Auge behalten werden.

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21.01.2014
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Country Risk Conference in Paris: Bessere Aussichten für Industrieländer.

Country Risk Conference in Paris: Bessere Aussichten für Industrieländer. Lage in wichtigen Schwellenländern weiter angespannt. Das ist die Prognose, die Coface für die Weltwirtschaft 2014 abgab.

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27.12.2013
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Coface Neue Branchenbewertungen, Fokus Textil

Coface beobachtet positive Veränderungen in Nordamerika und Asien sowie stabile Risiken in Europa.
Die Textilindustrie investiert in Innovationen.

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16.10.2013
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Appointments at Coface

Cyrille Charbonnel, the former Group Chief Operating Officer, has been appointed Western Europe Region Manager

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14.10.2013
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Asiatische Schwellenländer: Coface warnt vor wachsenden Risiken aufgrund der privaten Verschuldung

Das Wachstumspotenzial in Asien bleibt dank der Mittelklasse hoch. Die asiatischen Volkswirtschaften haben den Doppelschlag der globalen Krise 2008/2009 und der Staatsschuldenkrise in der Eurozone gut überstanden. Dies verdanken sie vor allem der dynamischen Nachfrage der privaten Haushalte. Die alternde Bevölkerung und die rasche Urbanisierung tragen ebenso dazu bei.

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14.10.2013
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Coface is optimistic about business risks in the United States and concerned about those of emerging countries such as Brazil and Thailand

Revised Country Risk assessments. Overall, advanced economies are doing better. The concerns come from the emerging countries, which are facing a structural decline in growth.

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26.09.2013
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Coface Quartely "Panorama Sectors"

Coface downgrades its credit risk assessment in three business sectors: chemicals, pharmaceuticals and automotive.

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19.09.2013
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Coface is expanding with a global network of economists

The Group's economic research team is taking on a new international dimension by appointing economists in major regions around the world.

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18.09.2013
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How Coface credit insurance can help you to prevent non-payment of invoices

A straightforward and didactic video to present, in less than three minutes, how Coface credit insurance can help you to prevent non-payment of invoices.

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17.07.2013
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Cyrille Charbonnel is appointed Chief Operating Officer of the Coface Group

In this role, he will manage the operational functions of the Group together with Jean-Marc Pillu, Chief Executive Officer.

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16.07.2013
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Brazil's economic woes: any chance of a kick start?

The archetypal emerging country, Brazil passed the test of the great crisis of 2009 with flying colours. Four years on, social protests have begun to highlight the failure of its growth model.

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02.07.2013
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Coface wins the Le Fonti International Award, another major acknowledgment for Coface Italy

On 27 June, Coface was awarded the 2013 Le Fonti International Award in the special categories ‘Excellence in Credit Insurance’ and ‘Excellence in Services to Companies’.

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01.07.2013
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Coface is expanding further in central europe to offer credit insurance in Croatia

As of 1 July 2013, the first day of Croatia’s membership of the European Union, Coface simultaneously launches its credit insurance services in this country, to meet growing demand from companies.

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28.06.2013
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World growth forecasts updated - June 2013

Last updated of growth forecasts.

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24.06.2013
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Coface moves to Bois-Colombes, a new milestone in its history

The Coface Group, a global market leader for credit insurance, is leaving La Défense to set up its headquarters in Bois-Colombes (a northwestern suburb of Paris).

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24.06.2013
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Italy: Company payment practices worsen, reflecting the severity of the recession

The preponderance of fragile small companies and the sheer scale of late payment within the public sector.

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24.06.2013
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A glimmer of hope for some advanced economies: Japan, Iceland and Ireland

Coface has noted an improvement in a number of advanced economies : Japan, Iceland, and Ireland. On the other hand, the contraction in activity, financial problems and above all growing political and social pressures are increasing risk in South Africa and Tunisia

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04.06.2013
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Victims of sluggish growth, businesses in Central Europe will not emerge from the crisis in 2013

Compared to Western Europe, defaults in Eastern Europe are accelerating at a very high rate.

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30.05.2013
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Coface launches its new corporate website, a tool to help companies prevent commercial risks and protect their transactions

Following the rollout of its new visual identity, Coface has redesigned its Group website.

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29.04.2013
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World growth forecasts updated - April 2013

World growth forecasts updated - April 2013

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18.04.2013
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The gap between Europe and the rest of the world is widening

Credit risks still high in Europe but the outlook is favourable in Emerging Asia and in North America.

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28.03.2013
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Nominations at Coface

Antonio Marchitelli has been appointed Mediterranean and African Region Manager of Coface, effective from March 1st 2013.

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20.03.2013
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Risks are back on the radar in emerging countries

"Political instability, increasing protectionism, credit bubbles" : emerging country risks have not disappeared altogether, but have changed form.

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28.02.2013
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In 2012, Coface improved its results despite the crisis

In an economic downturn, particularly in the euro area, Coface continues to grow its turnover.

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22.01.2013
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The crisis in Europe is far from over for corporates

Based on its day-to-day contact with companies worldwide, Coface has issued a cautious scenario for the global economy in 2013.

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21.01.2013
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A new identity and a new tagline for Coface

A new brand positioning, symbol of a strong commitment to clients.

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17.01.2013
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First Coface "Panorama Sectors": Two-thirds of business sectors to carry risks

A new quarterly publication of Coface, focuses on the sector risks in the world. The world economy is analysed by means of 14 business sectors in three large regions: emerging Asia, North America and the European Union. The analysis uses three original indicators – strength of turnover, financial robustness and credit risk – developed by Coface economists and drawn from the payment experience of companies observed and analysed by Coface underwriters.

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04.12.2012
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Worldwide launch of TopLiner

A supplemental cover beyond standard credit insurance.

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13.11.2012
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World growth forecasts updated - November 2012

Last updated of growth forecasts.

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06.11.2012
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Coface Global Solutions: A new service for multinational companies in 66 countries

A new service for multinational companies in 66 countries

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11.10.2012
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France-Germany: comparative analysis of company insolvencies

The disturbing trend, observed during autumn 2012 about French company insolvencies, urged Coface economists to question themselves about the reasons which explain German companies’ resistance to the crisis.

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03.10.2012
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Cécile Fourmann is appointed Human Resouces Director of the Coface Group

Cécile Fourmann brings the Group her broad experience in change management in multicultural environments.

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10.09.2012
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Coface continues global expansion, strengthening its presence in Africa

Coface guarantees are now available in 97 countries.

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06.09.2012
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Coface's results for the first half of 2012

Sustained growth in turnover and in net profit.

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07.06.2012
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Richard Burton is appointed Manager of the Asia Pacific Platform

He held the position of Deputy Manager up until he took over from Jean-Claude Speitel who retired at the end of May.

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31.05.2012
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Companies' payment behaviour in China

Stabilized overall financial situation for Chinese companies, despite difficulties in accessing credit.

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15.05.2012
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Laurent Mignon appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of Coface

Laurent Mignon is the Chief Executive Officer of Natixis, shareholder of Coface. He takes over from François David, whose mandate has ended.

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23.04.2012
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Country risk assessments review

Improvement in Japan and the United States,but euro zone risk on the rise.

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06.03.2012
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Coface accelerates its profitable growth in 2011

The strategic refocusing on credit insurance has borne fruit.

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13.02.2012
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Coface has finalised the grouping of its 21 European credit insurance branches into one company

Coface has simplified and streamlined the structure of its European credit insurance activities.

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24.01.2012
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The construction sector

A persistent credit risk in most countries.

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16.01.2012
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Coface Country Risk

Companies’ solidity already impacted by the systemic crisis in Europe and political risks in emerging countries

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03.03.2011
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The food industry in the world

A companies under pressure faced with price volatility.

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