Country Risk Rating Alert - May 2018

07 touko 2018

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 Greece's country risk rating due to improving macroeconomic conditions, with certain key spending indicators suggesting that economic growth is gaining traction.


Dun & Bradstreet upgrades Poland's country risk rating due to a continuing strong economic performance, and amid signs that relations with the EU could be improving.

Which Countries have been Downgraded

Risk level has deteriorated

No countries have been downgraded this month.

Outlook Trend Change:


Dun & Bradstreet upgrades its rating outlook for Bahrain due to the discovery of huge oil and gas deposits which could be economically transformative.

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dun & Bradstreet upgrades its rating outlook for Bosnia & Herzegovina as the government submits a questionnaire on its readiness for candidacy for EU membership.


Dun & Bradstreet upgrades its rating outlook for Oman due to improved gas production and the easing of banking regulations.


Dun & Bradstreet upgrades its rating outlook for Peru as President Vizcarra’s cabinet is well received, which should help ease tensions and foster political stability.


Dun & Bradstreet upgrades its rating outlook for Qatar on the back of the US president reaffirming his support for Qatar, despite an unfavourable reshuffle in the US cabinet.


Dun & Bradstreet downgrades its rating outlook for Syria due to the impact on the political and business environment caused by the Western military attack in April.

United Kingdom

Dun & Bradstreet upgrades its rating outlook for the UK for the first time since the Brexit referendum in June 2016.





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