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Faster debt repayment as companies step up credit checks

Published on Jul 15, 2014 8:28 PM

SINGAPORE - Companies are taking a shorter time to pay their debts, as firms become more selective over who they extend credit to, a report has showed.

Singapore firms are now paying their bills 36 days in the second quarter, seven days faster than in the first three months of the year, according to findings from credit and business information bureau DP Information Group on Tuesday.

This was the first improvement in 18 months, said the firm, which studied payments made by more than 120,000 companies.

Debts that were overdue for 90 days or more - labelled as "severely delinquent debts" - also fell from 29 per cent to 14 per cent in the same period.

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