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10/04/2018
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10/04/2018
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New Mediterranean trade routes will be through the South and East of the region

In the Mediterranean, the recent rise in protectionism is starting to transform the vast network of free trade agreements and reshape intra-Mediterranean trade routes. Two new trends are emerging.

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03/04/2018
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Central and Eastern Europe: Political risks on the rise but no impact yet on local businesses

With the wave of ongoing elections in countries such as Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland and Slovenia, Central and Eastern Europe is undergoing a major period of change against the background of economic growth that is still strong (...)

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16/03/2018
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Regional economic ambitions of China and Japan show striking parallels

According to Coface, China and Japan are becoming competitors for trade and investment in the Asia Pacific region (...)

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09/03/2018
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Insolvent or ‘zombies’, distressed companies represent nearly 6% of the total in France

The beginning of the year marked a clear improvement in key business insolvency indicators (...)

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28/02/2018
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NAFTA renegotiations - could Mexico’s “high-risk” automotive industry deteriorate into a crisis?

Mexico’s automotive industry plays an important role in its economy (...)

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23/01/2018
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Country Risk Conference 2018: the upturn continues, but corporates risk overheating

During its annual conference on country and sector risks, Coface shares with companies its vision of the major global economic trends for 2018

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21/12/2017
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Turkey records dynamic growth but is increasingly vulnerable to external factors

Turkey’s economy recorded substantial growth during the first three quarters of 2017, up by 7.4% compared to a year earlier. This was achieved despite the series of shocks which occurred in the country in 2016 (...)

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14/12/2017
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Although dynamic, France’s organic food sector could be forced to abandon its original principles in order to increase scale

The increasing preference of households for organic food is reflected in the sector’s very strong growth which is expected to exceed €8 billion in 2017

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28/11/2017
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Poland Insolvency Report: Insolvencies and restructuring proceedings still on the rise, despite a robust economy

Insolvencies and restructuration proceedings increased by 14% in the first three quarters of 2017 compared to the same period last year. Most sectors experienced an increase in the number of proceedings.

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28/11/2017
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Germany’s corporate payment survey 2017

The second annual corporate payment survey for Germany carried out by Coface confirms many of the foregone trends. However, some improvements can be seen

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23/11/2017
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The effects of a 'hard' Brexit will be decisive for the innovation capacity and competitiveness of the British automotive industry

After an exceptional peak in production of vehicles recorded in mid-2016 (1.02 million unit sales, up 8.5% for the January-August period compared to the same period in 2015), 2017 saw a drop in production of nearly 2% (...)

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08/11/2017
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Embargo on Qatar: Manageable for the time being, but not perennially

On June 5 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain (known as the quartet) announced they were breaking diplomatic ties with Qatar (...)

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07/11/2017
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China's ambitions in sub-Saharan Africa: efforts to rebalance bi-lateral relations still needed

Almost twenty years after the launch of the first Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, China-Africa relations remain unbalanced. Bilateral trade has leaped over the past ten years (a total of $123 billion in 2016), driven, up to 2014, by exports, which have fallen by 51% since the peak.

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18/10/2017
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Argentine legislative elections: is the continuity of the pro-business direction at stake?

The trajectory of Argentina´s economic rebound will be subject to the outcome of the upcoming midterm elections on October 22.

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02/10/2017
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Morocco : Extended payment periods across practically all sectors

Morocco Corporate Payment Survey, first half of 2017: Extended payment periods across practically all sectors: 99 days on average in 2017, up from 82 days in 2016.

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28/09/2017
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Financing businesses: the bond market is turning into a "spare tyre"...

Corporate bond financing: an advantage in times of crisis?

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27/09/2017
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Country and sector risks: Europe remains the big winner in the world economic upturn

World economic growth might not yet be at its highest (2.9% in 2017 and 2018), but there can be no denying that there are healthy signs.

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11/09/2017
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Infrastructure: the Achilles’ heel of development in Latin America

Weak development of infrastructure in the region. Poor record in improving investment rates

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07/09/2017
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Coface announces CEE Top 500 companies: Automotive & transport sector is the regional leader. Oil & gas continues downturn, losing number one posit...

2016 – a mixed year for CEE. The labour market boomed, while turnover and net profit of the largest companies decreased by -0.6% and -3.1% / CEE Top 500 companies increased their workforces in 2016. Lower regional unemployment rates / Poland (+3.3% in turnover) remains the biggest player, followed by Hungary (-11.5%) and the Czech Republic (-2.2%) / Sectors: automotive industry up (+8.6% in turnover), oil & gas sector down (-5.6%)

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07/09/2017
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Central & Eastern European insolvencies overview

Company insolvencies dropped by 14% in 2015 and 6% in 2016

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