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China: late payment still the norm

Payment Practices Barometer

  • China
  • Chemicals/Pharma,
  • Construction,

23rd May 2018

Payment delays have remained largely stable and payment duration improved. Bankruptcy and failed collection attempts remain top reasons for write-offs.

Practical Trading information

Advice on trading opportunities including the documents: Export Practice, Credit-to-Cash Briefings and the Atradius Risk Map.

Industry Performance Forecast

An at-a-glance summary graphic of the business performance and credit risk situation of key industries in major markets.

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    Western Europe: an increase in past due B2B invoices

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Austria,
    • Belgium,
    • Construction,
    • Consumer Durables,

    29th October 2018

    After a minor increase from 2016 to 2017, the proportion of past due B2B receivables in Western Europe increased again this year and stands at 41.8%.

    Austria: 100% of respondents reported domestic delays

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Austria
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    29th October 2018

    All survey respondents in Austria (100%) reported domestic payment delays. This is the highest percentage in the region, significantly higher than in 2017.

    Belgium: another increase in overdue B2B invoices

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Belgium
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    29th October 2018

    The average proportion of overdue B2B invoices reported by respondents in Belgium increased for the third consecutive year in a row and stands at 45.6%.

    Denmark: maintaining their credit-friendly stance

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Denmark
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    29th October 2018

    The survey’s biggest negative change in the proportion of uncollectable receivables was recorded in Denmark; up from 1.3% in 2017 to 1.8% in 2018.

    France: an increase in payment duration

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • France
    • Automotive/Transport,
    • Chemicals/Pharma,

    29th October 2018

    After an increase from 43.5% in 2017 to 47.5% this year, France has the second highest percentage of overdue B2B invoices in the Western European region.

    Germany: late payments leading to revenue loss

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Germany
    • Automotive/Transport,
    • Chemicals/Pharma,

    29th October 2018

    Of the Western European countries surveyed, Germany had the second highest percentage of respondents (24.7%) who reported revenue loss due to overdues.

    UK: the highest proportion of overdues in the region

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • United Kingdom
    • Agriculture,
    • Construction,

    29th October 2018

    At 48.7%, Great Britain had the highest proportion of past due B2B invoices in Western Europe, significantly higher than the regional average of 41.8%.

    Greece: heavily impacted by past due B2B invoices

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Greece
    • Automotive/Transport,
    • Chemicals/Pharma,

    29th October 2018

    Despite already posting the highest proportion of uncollectable receivables in the region, Greece’s average rose to 2.8% in 2018 from 2.5% in 2017.

    Ireland: 56.3% of suppliers felt the impact of overdues

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Ireland
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    29th October 2018

    For 56.3% of Irish respondents reported negative consequences of overdues over the past 12 months. For 15.1% of suppliers these led to revenue loss.

    Italy: still the highest DSO in Western Europe

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Italy
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    29th October 2018

    Despite a significant decrease in 2018, at 74 days, the average DSO reported by survey respondents in Italy remains the highest in Western Europe.

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