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Business failures in France are less frequent, but of a larger size

December 10, 2019
While the number of companies facing corporate insolvency has decreased since the beginning of the year, their cost has increased, both financially and in terms of the number of jobs affected. After a difficult first quarter, marked by the repercussions of the “yellow vests” movement, the number of corporate insolvencies since the beginning of the year in France is set to decline for the fourth consecutive year. However, Coface expects a slight rebound in insolvencies in 2020 (+0.9%), mainly due to the expected slowdown in the construction sector, which was largely driven by public works in 2019 in the run-up to the municipal elections.

The global automotive industry and enhanced regulations: a very steep path ahead

December 10, 2019
Hit by increasingly stringent regulations, particularly for environmental purposes, the global automotive industry is facing a downturn and is being forced to reinvent itself. In a gloomy global economic context, the automotive sector faces several very specific challenges, including stronger and stricter environmental regulations. As a result, car sales are experiencing negative growth not seen since the Great Recession of 2008 and there is an uncertainty prevailing in the sector.

COFACE SA: Partial Internal Model approved - Solvency ratio at 187%* as of 31 December 2018

December 4, 2019
COFACE SA announces that it has received authorisation from the French Prudential Supervision and Resolution Authority (ACPR) to use the group’s Partial Internal Model for calculating its regulatory capital requirement under the Solvency II Directive as soon as at 31 December 2019.

Broker Portal, Coface’s new digital interface for its brokers

November 19, 2019
Coface launches its new portal for brokers, offering a new experience to its partners in the development of their business around the world.

2019 survey on company payments in Germany: turn of the tide

October 24, 2019
85% of companies report longer payment terms in 2019 vs 2017. According to Coface's 2019 Germany payment survey of 442 companies in, the country is in a phase of change. The pressure on companies from international competition is increasing.

Coface results 30 September 2019: Coface reports another strong quarter

October 23, 2019
Coface recorded yet another strong quarter despite an economic context that has continued to deteriorate in line with our expectations. Our strong performance illustrates the effectiveness of the transformation we have implemented within Coface over the past three years, which has notably resulted in the significant improvement of our risk management processes. Commercial momentum was positive this quarter, as new business is continuing to grow whereas our clients’ activity is slowing down. We are maintaining our selective underwriting policy, which is now bearing fruit in a more volatile environment.

Coface introduces CRAFT, a new forecasting tool to estimate growth in the Eurozone

October 21, 2019
Recession or slight decline, CRAFT provides the keys to the slowdown in the major economies of the Eurozone.

Coface France is recognized as the Best Credit Insurance Company in 2019 by International Finance Magazine

October 18, 2019
Participating in this prestigious award for the first time, Coface France took the highest step on the podium, acknowledging the many initiatives deployed by Coface to better assist its customers.

Agri-food sector outlook: in a global economy marked by protectionist tensions, what does the future hold?

October 17, 2019
Central to the current trade tensions, notably between the USA and China, the global agri-food sector is impacted by knock on effects, notably via downward trends on the prices of key agri-food commodities, such as soybean. Coface has conducted an in-depth analysis of future trends in this market.

Coface Barometer: general slowdown in the global economy despite central banks’ actions

October 17, 2019
With business morale being affected by a summer marked by a multiplication of areas of political uncertainty around the world, it seems likely that 2020 will be a year of economic decline.

The "Made in Russia" strategy: a limited instrument for economic diversification

October 3, 2019
Faced with fluctuations in hydrocarbon prices and economic sanctions from Western countries, Russia has developed a strategy that favours "Made in Russia" - but the results have remained mixed.

Netherlands: What is the secret of Dutch trade?

September 24, 2019
Rising protectionism in China and the United States, Brexit, contracting world trade... despite all the clouds on the horizon, the Dutch economy remains surprisingly bright.

Gender equality in the workplace: Coface France is a sector leader on equal pay

September 19, 2019
Coface France ranks first among French credit insurance companies in the professional equality index.

Insolvencies in Central and Eastern Europe: despite an increasingly difficult global economic context, the situation remains positive

September 12, 2019
The Central and Eastern European region has experienced unparalleled growth in the European Union. However, a slowdown is expected in the coming years.