Q3 2010 sees year-on-year improvement in the time it takes companies to pay bills

Nottingham, 5 November 2010 — The Late Payment Index from Experian®, the global information services company, shows that payment performance among UK businesses improved during  Q3 2010 compared to the same period in 2009.

Experian’s analysis shows that during Q3 2010 businesses paid their bills an average of 22.61 days late, half a day quicker than the average of 23.17 days in Q3 2009.

Joe Myers, Head of Commercial Credit at Experian, said: “Payment performance is marginally better than it was this time last year. News that the EU Parliament has approved a 30-day deadline for businesses to be paid may encourage organisations to take a closer look at their payment performance.  Payment performance information is a great indicator of a company’s financial health and all businesses should ensure they have a view of their customers’ payment track records to help manage cash flow and assess credit risk.”

Q3 2010 insights from Experian’s analysis, include:

 

  • In terms of size of business, micro businesses (1 to 2 employees) were the fastest payers in Q3 at 19.43 days on average.
  • Although the largest businesses (500 and more employees) continue to be the slowest payers, they led the improvements from Q3 2009 to Q3 2010 – from 39.33 to 35.31 days, over 4 days faster.
  • The biggest improvement came from the Spirits, Wine and Tobacco sector, which went from 19.18 to 15.95 days in Q3 2010. 
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing trade remained the fastest paying sector. At 9.86 days it was the only industry to pay less than ten days late.
  • The Postal and Telecommunications sector is now the slowest, averaging 39.13 days beyond terms - almost 17 days slower than the national average.
  • The South West saw the biggest improvement in payment performance since Q3 2009, going from 18.36 to 16.68 days beyond agreed terms on average.
  • The three regions to see late payment times worsen year-on-year were Yorkshire (from 23.67 to 24.34), Scotland (from 23.76 to 25.51) and the North West (from 26.43 to 27.15). 

 

Government Region

Days beyond terms

Q3 2010

Days beyond terms

Q3 2009

% change

from 2009

Days beyond terms

Q2 2010

South West

 16.68

 18.36

-1.68

     15.83

South East

 17.79

 19.16

-1.37

     16.33

Eastern

 20.28

 21.20

-0.91

     19.03

N Ireland

 20.88

 21.41

-0.53

     19.70

East Mids

 21.65

 22.05

-0.40

     20.24

Wales

 22.47

 22.64

-0.17

     21.18

Yorkshire

 24.34

 23.67

 0.67

     22.32

North East

 24.49

 25.45

-0.96

     22.81

West Mids

 24.84

 25.60

-0.76

     22.94

Scotland

 25.51

 23.76

 1.75

     23.68

London

 25.96

 27.09

-1.13

     24.13

North West

 27.15

 26.43

 0.72

     25.26

National Average

 22.61

 23.17

-0.56

     21.02

Source: Experian

 

Employment

Days beyond terms

Q3 2010

Days beyond terms

Q3 2009

% change

from 2009

Days beyond terms

Q2 2010

1-2

                       19.43

     20.65

-1.22

     18.35

11-25

                       19.46

     19.84

-0.38

     18.18

6-10

                       19.99

     20.45

-0.46

     18.60

26-50

                       20.08

     20.54

-0.46

     18.86

3-5

                       20.73

     21.10

-0.37

     19.63

51-100

                       21.00

     21.47

-0.47

     19.38

101-500

                       24.47

     25.51

-1.04

     23.65

501+

                       35.31

     39.33

-4.02

     35.08

Unpecified

                       28.49

     29.79

-1.30

     25.97

National Average

                       22.61

     23.17

-0.56

     21.02

Source: Experian

 

Industry Sector

Days beyond terms Q3 2010

Days beyond terms Q3 2009

% change

from 2009

Days beyond terms

 

Q2 2010

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing

 9.86

 11.39

-1.52

       9.34

Oil

 12.71

 15.94

-3.22

     12.04

Servicing/Repair

 14.15

 15.86

-1.71

     14.07

Spirits, Wine and Tobacco

 14.85

 19.18

-4.33

     15.95

Pharmaceuticals

 16.77

 18.65

-1.88

     17.45

Electricals

 17.14

 18.59

-1.45

     15.59

Motor Traders

 17.22

 16.48

 0.74

     16.65

Breweries

 17.34

 21.22

-3.88

     15.29

Engineering

 17.48

 18.40

-0.92

     15.98

Chemicals Industry

 17.86

 18.43

-0.57

     17.28

Printing, Paper and Packaging

 18.20

 20.09

-1.89

     16.61

IT

 18.39

 21.74

-3.34

     14.26

Other Services

 18.77

 18.79

-0.02

     17.57

Health and Household

 19.74

 20.31

-0.57

     17.88

Wholesaling

 19.74

 20.29

-0.54

     17.95

Insurance

 19.81

 23.30

-3.49

     19.96

Diversified Industrials

 20.62

 20.85

-0.23

     19.26

Business Services

 20.76

 22.04

-1.27

     18.44

Building and Construction

 20.89

 22.16

-1.27

     20.24

Building Materials

 21.42

 20.43

 0.98

     19.78

Media

 21.64

 21.87

-0.23

     19.95

Transport

 21.82

 22.46

-0.63

     19.30

Food Manufacturing

 21.94

 22.63

-0.69

     19.96

Plastics & Rubber

 22.18

 22.98

-0.80

     20.78

Non-Food Retailing

 22.98

 21.38

 1.60

     22.08

Hiring and Leasing

 23.66

 23.42

 0.25

     22.19

Extractive Industries

 23.82

 24.81

-0.99

     22.27

Utilities

 24.69

 26.72

-2.03

     20.45

Textiles and Clothing

 24.89

 25.38

-0.49

     23.00

Banking and Financial Services

 27.13

 29.44

-2.30

     26.23

Leisure and Hotels

 30.90

 29.23

 1.67

     30.67

Food Retailing

 31.13

 27.00

 4.13

     30.33

Property

 35.14

 38.45

-3.31

     33.00

Postal and Telecommunications

 39.13

 39.64

-0.51

     31.10

National Average

 22.61

 23.17

-0.56

     21.02

Source: Experian

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natalie.hale@uk.experian.com

 

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