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Experian Q2 Metro Business Pulse Study Reveals Economic Bright Spots and Regional Challenges

September 17, 2013 by Gary Stockton



Today Experian Business Information Services follows up publication of the Experian/Moody’s Analytics Small Business Credit Index report for Q2 with the release of the latest Metro Business Pulse, our metropolitan analysis of small business credit performance.

The Metro Business Pulse ranks the top and bottom performing metropolitan statistical areas in four key business credit categories including, bankruptcy rates, and the number of days businesses pay their bills beyond contracted terms, delinquency rates and commercial risk scores. The report also offers rankings by major industries.

Using Metropolitan Statistics to Spot Regional Growth Opportunities

“When evaluating new customers and prospects, it’s important to understand how businesses are performing, in order to uncover unique pockets of opportunity that can help your own enterprise grow. As such, we’ve taken our research a step further to provide insight on how businesses and different industry groups are performing at a metropolitan-area level. The additional layer of information can help businesses make more informed decisions that can ultimately affect their bottom line.” Said Experian’s Sr. Business Consultant Joel Pruis.

Below we outline the top performing metropolitan areas along with the bottom performing scores. Please visit the Metro Business Pulse web site to reveal the bottom five cities, and for deeper industry-specific rankings.

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Top 5 Bottom 5
1. Portland, OR 65.68 1. Florida Metro Area 47.96
2. Pittsburgh, PA 65.58 2. Florida Metro Area 49.81
3. Grand Rapids, MI 62.99 3. Georgia Metro Area 51.42
4. Seattle, WA 62.09 4. Tennessee Metro Area 52.05
5. Albany, NY 61.86 5. Florida Metro Area 52.11

Visit web site for bottom scoring cities.

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Top 5 Bottom 5
1. San Francisco, CA 3.20 1. Florida Metro Area 18.04
2. Omaha, NE 3.54 2. Florida Metro Area 14.02
3. New York, NY 3.57 3. Nevada Metro Area 12.18
4. Seattle, WA 3.58 4. Florida Metro Area 10.58
5. Milwaukee, WI 3.61 5. Florida Metro Area 9.78

Visit web site for bottom scoring cities.

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Top 5 Bottom 5
1. Salt Lake City, UT 0.92% 1. Florida Metro Area 44.72%
2. Boise City, ID 1.62% 2. Florida Metro Area 37.19%
3. Houston, TX 2.19% 3. Florida Metro Area 26.78%
4. San Diego, CA 3.13% 4. Ohio Metro Area 25.58%
5. Albany, NY 3.17% 5. Florida Metro Area 25.18%

Visit web site for bottom scoring cities.
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Top 5 Bottom 5
1. New York, NY 0.28% 1. California Metro Area 2.41%
2. Nassau, NY 0.31% 2. California Metro Area 2.16%
3. Baton Rouge, LA 0.34% 3. California Metro Area 1.90%
4. Honolulu, HI 0.35% 4. Colorado Metro Area 1.84%
5. Miami, FL 0.43% 5. Colorado Metro Area 1.71%

Visit web site for bottom scoring cities.

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Attend the Quarterly Business Credit Review Webinar

If you are interested in gaining deeper insights on this study please RSVP to attend our free Quarterly Business Credit Review Webinar, hosted by Joel Pruis on September 24th 11:00 a.m. (PST). Experian will be joined by Cristian deRitis and Nate Kelley of Moody’s Analytics for an in depth discussion on regional trends. In addition to our discussion, we will be giving away five Kindle Fire HD readers to our attendees in our event drawing.



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