Dun and Bradstreet (Business credit reports)

Dun & Bradstreet is a corporation that offers information on commercial credit as well as reports on businesses. Most notably, Dun & Bradstreet is recognizable for its DUNS numbers; these generate business information reports for more than 100 million companies around the globe.

Dun & Bradstreet’s business credit reports are trusted by lenders and potential business partners for credit analysis.  Their data includes sources from trade payments, suits, legal filings, private company financial statements, and even news and social media activity. Also, D&B is one of the few providers to feature lawsuits in its business credit reports. Lawsuits may signal an impact to a business’ credibility, liens may indicate difficulty to pay, and judgments may mean it has large outstanding financial obligations.

A Dun & Bradstreet D-U-N-S® Number is a unique nine-digit identifier for businesses that’s used to establish business credit. D-U-N-S, which stands for Data Universal Number System, is available at no cost.  It identifies, validates, correlates, and links information for businesses anywhere in the world. The D-U-N-S Number is used to establish your company’s D&B® file, which can help potential partners and lenders learn more about your business, and may also help them make more informed decisions about whether or not to work with you as a client, supplier, or partner.