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Dun & Bradstreet

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Template:Infobox Company The Dun & Bradstreet Corp (NYSE: DNB), headquartered in Short Hills, New Jersey, USA, is among the leading providers of business information on business. Often called just D&B, it is perhaps best known for its D-U-N-S (Dun & Bradstreet Universal Numbering System) identifiers assigned over 2.7 million US companies. Among its major divisions are Risk Management Solutions, Sales and Marketing Solutions, Supply Management Solutions, and E-Business Solutions.

Principle customers include manufacturers and wholesalers, insurance companies, telcos, banks, and other credit and financial institutions. 2003 revenues were $1.4 billion.



D&B's history dates to 1841, when Lewis Tappan (1788-1873) created a commercial credit service.

RG Dun was incorporated by Tappan's grandson in 1859, and counted US presidents Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S Grant, Grover Cleveland, and William McKinley among its employees. Subscribership grew from 7,000 in the 1870s to 40,000 in the 1880s. Its reports covered over one million US businesses in 1900. Dun merged with The Bradstreet Companies (founded 1849), a former competitor, in 1933.

Past aquisitions include Moody's Investor Service (1962, spun off in 2000); Funk and Wagnalls, encyclopedia publisher; AC Nielsen (1984, spun off in 1996); Intercontinental Medical Statistics (IMS) (1998, spun off as Cognizant in 1996); RH Donnelley, directory printer (1961, spun off in 1998); and Hoover's Inc., a business information service (2002). Other aquisitions include a number of media interests, largely in the 1980s and 1990s [1].

An extensive timeline can be found at Dun & Bradstreet: Chronology.

D&B's information systems unit later led to the establishment of company called Cognizant Technology Solutions.



D&B's D-U-N-S numbers are used to identify US businesses. They are required for many US federal government transactions, so are widely used and assigned. They are frequently used in corporate research.

Dun's Market Identifiers contain data on 2.7 million US companies, including private and public companies with five or more employees, or sales of $1 million or more, plus all family members of these companies.

DMI entries provide legal and trade names, physical and mailing addresses, geographical descriptions, product and industry descriptors, sales and number of employees for three years and growth rates, as well as up to 40 vital statistics about each organization

  • Corporate and competitive intelligence
  • Market research
  • Mailing lists
  • Trade name research
  • Merger and acquisition analysis
  • Industry statistics
  • Telemarketing lists
  • New product development
  • Corporate family trees

(Adapted from DBUS - Dun & Bradstreet US Duns Market Identifiers)


External links

  • D&B: Get Business Credit Reports and Reduce Credit Risks with Risk ...
  • Yahoo! - The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation Company Profile
  • DBUS - Dun & Bradstreet US Duns Market Identifiers
  • Dun & Bradstreet: Overview
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