February 2018: Country Risk Rating Alert

D&B’s Country Risk Indicator provides a comparative, cross-border assessment of the risk of doing business in a country and encapsulates the risk that country-wide factors pose to the predictability of export payments and investment returns over a time horizon of two years.

Dun & Bradstreet’s Country Insight Snapshot Reports provide greater visibility of potential upcoming outlook trend changes for each country. Any changes to the outlook trend can be further explored in the headlines and key developments section of the reports.

This is a powerful refinement and – alongside the Country Risk Ratings – provides our customers with even greater visibility of the current and future situations across 132 countries.

Shown below are our Risk Rating Changes recently published in the latest edition of our International Risk & Payment Review Journal.

What You Need To Know:

Which Countries have been Upgraded

Risk level has improved:


Dun & Bradstreet upgrades France's country risk rating as the economic outlook continues to strengthen and forward-looking indicators point towards solid growth.

Which Countries have been Downgraded

Risk level has deteriorated:

No countries have been downgraded this month.

Outlook Trend Change:


Dun & Bradstreet downgrades its rating outlook for Iran as widespread demonstrations against the regime, triggered by the weak economy, spread to the capital before waning.


Dun & Bradstreet downgrades its rating outlook for Namibia due to revised budget deficits and the slower pace of fiscal consolidation amid continued economic weakness.


Dun & Bradstreet downgrades its rating outlook for Peru as the Fujimori pardon causes political turmoil, heightening the risk of instability.


Dun & Bradstreet downgrades its rating outlook for Tunisia amid a significant wave of protests - but this is not a new revolution.

United Arab Emirates

Dun & Bradstreet upgrades the UAE’s rating outlook on the back of the continuing strengthening of the oil price, which will improve the fiscal position.





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