Experian/Moody's Analytics Small Business Credit Index - Q1 2014
Tags: Business Information, Risk Management
Following a full year of steady improvement, small-business credit conditions stumbled during the first quarter of 2014. Credit balances receded slightly from the end of 2013 and the delinquency rate ticked higher to 9.8 percent from 9.6 percent. The setback was fueled in part by harsh winter conditions which may have also slowed employment gains. Weaker GDP growth and a decelerated retail sales growth rate of only 0.3 percent also contributed to the Q1 shortcoming.
The Experian/Moody's Analytics Small Business Credit Index tracks how businesses are faring over a period of time compared with a base point, with the first quarter of 2011 being equal to 100. The key factors that comprise the index are commercial credit data (including growth of credit balances and delinquency rates measured on a dollar basis) combined with a variety of macroeconomic data (including growth rates for employment, income, retail sales, investment, output and industrial production).