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European Business Services Sector Still Stable, Despite Looming Slowdown Apr 08
Standard & Poors, April 2008
Credit quality in the European business services industry remained stable during 2007, with most segments benefiting from mid-single-digit organic growth rates. Standard & Poor's Ratings Services expects this trend to continue throughout 2008. We do not expect rating actions in the near term, barring any unforeseen event-driven need for change. Although characteristics differ significantly depending on the industry segment and companies' market positions, there are some shared positive factors that benefit the rated business service companies to a varying degree. In 2007, cost-cutting and streamlining were common initiatives among players in the industry. The competitive environment and ongoing pricing pressures have led to an increasing desire to achieve sustainable growth in core businesses and to dispose of underperforming and/or noncore...
Companies mentioned in this report are: Sodexo,Adecco S.A.,Experian Finance PLC,Securitas AB,Compass Group PLC,gategroup Financial Services S.a.r.l,Rentokil Initial PLC,ISS A/S,Castle HoldCo 4
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Sodexo,Adecco S.A.,Experian Finance PLC,Securitas AB,Compass Group PLC,gategroup Financial Services S.a.r.l,Rentokil Initial PLC,ISS A/S,Castle HoldCo 4