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12/23/2015
Economic Publications

Lower lira and higher debt: a bad mix for turkish business

During 2015, Turkey’s economy faced several challenges.

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12/14/2015
Economic Publications

Poland Retail Sector – Household spending is supporting the economy but challenges remain

Retail trade benefits from good prospects of consumer demand which, however, will not eliminate challenges for the sector including an intense competition and the implementation of new levy for retailers. Foreign chains will remain dominant taking an advantage of their large-scale bargaining position and offering the most attractive prices for consumers even despite being charged by the new tax.

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12/08/2015
Economic Publications

Barometer sector risks in the world - December 2015

In a context of low worldwide growth, sectoral dynamics are mixed.

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12/08/2015
Economic Publications

In front of the globalisation of the wine market, Europe bends but does not break

European wine consumption has fallen over these past years like that of France, which is a third of what it was 50 years ago.

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11/24/2015
Economic Publications

France overview third quarter 2015

Tenuous but confirmed. These are the terms that best describe France’s current growth - as illustrated by the figures for the third quarter, published in early November. Household consumption has (...)

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11/16/2015
Economic Publications

Egypt: slow recovery, structural challenges

Coface estimates that growth will increase to 4.4% for 2015/2016.

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11/03/2015
Economic Publications

Brazil - No quick fix for the crisis

Brazil has grown over the last decade, as a result of the boom in commodity prices and strong household consumption (...)

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10/19/2015
Economic Publications

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.

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10/15/2015
Economic Publications

Barometer sector risks in the world - October 2015

In a context of low growth, the global sectoral dynamics are mixed. In this overview we analyse five major sectors (...)

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10/15/2015
Economic Publications

A brighter picture for European photovoltaic energy?

European photovoltaic (PV) energy developed rapidly starting in 2010, thanks to national and European subsidies promoting its establishment in the energy landscape (...)

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09/18/2015
Economic Publications

Country Risk Barometer Q3 2015

For the fourth consecutive year, global growth will fail to exceed 3%. At the beginning of the year however, this target did not appear unattainable.

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09/18/2015
Economic Publications

Asia challenged by China’s slowdown

The Chinese economy has been in the spotlight for several months: devaluation of the yuan, stock market collapse, falling property prices, fears of an excessive economic slowdown, doubts about the reliability of published data and, more generally speaking, uncertainties about the rebalancing process the authorities have launched.

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09/16/2015
Economic Publications

Gulf countries: various reactions to the same shock

What are the impacts of lower oil prices on the gulf countries economy. Focus on Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain. What are the diversification strategies and the region’s integration with international trade. Focuses on the food and beverage sector in the UAE and automotive sector in Saudi Arabia.

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09/09/2015
Economic Publications

Latin America - Activity in the region still decelerating

Growth in Latin America has been slowing down since 2011, and was estimated at 1.2 % in 2014 . This lacklustre result, caused by (...)

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09/06/2015
Economic Publications

Company insolvencies in Western Europe: slight lull being confirmed for 2015

Was the return to growth observed in Europe strong enough to bring about a lasting reduction in business failures?

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09/01/2015
Economic Publications

Ranking Coface Cee top 500 companies

Coface’s seventh annual study on the biggest 500 companies in Central and Eastern Europe ranks the businesses by their turnover and additionally analyses data such as number of employees, the framework of the companies, sectors and markets. In 2014, the CEE Top 500 companies generated a turnover of EUR 572 billion, which exceeds even half of the aggregated 2014 nominal GDP of those economies. The biggest companies were able to increase their turnover as well as workforce.


- 2014: A year of improvement throughout the region – turnover increased by +2.1%
- Higher turnover of the biggest companies reflected better economic prospects in 2014
- 12 countries under study: Bulgaria, Estonia, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Hungary
- Poland was the biggest player, Hungary had the highest growth rate and the Czech Republic recovered
- Ukraine was excluded from the ranking, due to the ongoing conflict and resulting difficulties in obtaining reliable company data
- Automotive industry (+10.6%) top, oil & gas sector flop (-3.9%)

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07/22/2015
Economic Publications

Automotive Sector Central Europe

The automotive sector plays an important role in the CEE’s economic activity. Thanks to low labour costs, the educated workforce, geographical proximity to Western European markets, tax incentives and the stabilising legal environment, CEE countries have become attractive destinations for investment by global car manufacturers.

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07/17/2015
Economic Publications

Country risk assessment map - 2nd quarter 2015

Download our country risk map. 160 countries assessed with a unique methodology: Macroeconomic expertise, Business environment and Microeconomic data collected over 70 years of payment experience.

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07/09/2015
Corporate Publications

2014 Activity report

The group’s 2014 activity report is available.

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06/19/2015
Economic Publications

Global Country Risk Outlook June 2015

In this panorama, we first set out a study examining the economic situation and outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa.

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