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outlook for trade credit risk worries businesses in the region

48% of businesses surveyed in the region expect an increase in DSO over the coming 12 months

AMSTERDAM, Dec. 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Amid the ongoing global economic downturn, a widespread concern over a deterioration of the outlook for B2B payment behaviour in the coming months is a major worry for companies polled in Eastern Europe. There is anxiety about the outlook for 2023 that a combination of factors like high inflation, the energy crisis and geopolitical tensions could significantly affect also the outlook for their domestic economies. This is one of a range of survey findings of the latest edition of the Atradius Payment Practices Barometer survey of Eastern Europe.

The survey, which based on feedback from nearly 1,300 domestic and export suppliers across Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Turkey, reveals that around  half of the respondents in the region expect their Days Sales Outstanding (DSO) to deteriorate over the coming 12 months. Liquidity problems among B2B customers was cited as the main factor behind late or non-payment in B2B trade. This is a widely reported issue across all markets and industries, which comes along with the likelihood of a struggle for cash flow for many businesses in the region as they try to protect their liquidity position against DSO swings. The most worried about this are respondents in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Turkey.

The Atradius Payment Practices Barometer for Eastern Europe also reports businesses’ approach to credit management amid cautious optimism about prospects for growth in the coming months. This prompted around one third of the companies polled in the survey to say they will be inclined towards the use of credit insurance in the year ahead, allowing them to protect liquidity and profitability, while being more competitive in domestic and foreign markets.

The complete report highlighting all findings of the December 2022 edition of the Atradius Payment Practices Barometer for Eastern Europe is available for download from the Atradius website at https://group.atradius.com (Publications section).

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Atradius is a global provider of credit insurance, bond and surety, collections and information services, with a strategic presence in over 50 countries. The products offered by Atradius protect companies around the world against the default risks associated with selling goods and services on credit. Atradius is a member of Grupo Catalana Occidente (GCO.MC), one of the largest insurers in Spain and one of the largest credit insurers in the world. You can find more information online at https://group.atradius.com

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