At the end of 2016, global sector trends remained mixed, including in the regions that until now have been relatively spared by the increase in risks. Over the whole year, across 12 sectors evaluated in six regions of the world, nearly half saw their assessments change. There were 23 downgrades for 10 upgrades.
At its meeting on 3 November, the Board of Directors of COFACE SA co-opted Isabelle Rodney, Member of the Executive Board of Caisse d’Epargne Côte d’Azur, and Anne Sallé Mongauze, Chief Executive Officer of the Compagnie Européenne de Garanties et Cautions, as directors of the Board of Directors of COFACE SA.
In the 2nd Quarter of 2016, seasonally adjusted activity decelerated to 1.5 %, down from 2.5% y/y reported in the previous period. Industry, which shrank by 1.5% q/q, was the main contributor to this weak result, due to the fall in oil production and challenges faced by manufacturing and construction industries. The services sector also slowed during the period, to a growth rate of 2.4% YoY, down from 3.4% for 1Q2016.