DEFINITION of 'Business Starts Index'

A compilation of statistics published by Dun & Bradstreet that reports the number of businesses – incorporated and unincorporated – that start each week. Economists, investors and lawmakers use the index to evaluate current financial trends and to forecast future economic conditions.

BREAKING DOWN 'Business Starts Index'

Dun & Bradstreet analyzes corporate-reported information to supply credit reports and ratings to analysts. In addition to nationwide statistics, individual states report their monthly business starts, which means that the index can be used for comparative purposes for particular time periods and regions.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Dun & Bradstreet - D&B

    A company that provides commercial credit information and reports ...
  2. DUNS Number

    A nine-digit numbering system which uniquely identifies an individual ...
  3. Dunning

    Making insistent demands for the payment of a debt. Dunning, ...
  4. Credit Reporting Agency

    This term refers to businesses that maintain historical information ...
  5. Indicator

    Indicators are statistics used to measure current conditions ...
  6. Housing Starts

    The number of new residential construction projects that have ...
Related Articles
  1. Investing

    The Debt Report: The Industrials Sector

    Discover how industrial companies in the United States have added more debt since the Great Recession, which could spell trouble if interest rates rise.
  2. Small Business

    How To Increase Your Appeal To Prospective Lenders

    Making a business eligible for loans/credit cards at the best possible rates requires crafting an excellent credit profile through the smart use of credit.
  3. Investing

    Understanding Statistics

    Statistics provide the means to analyze data and then summarize it into a numerical form.
  4. Insights

    Can Investors Trust Official Statistics?

    The official statistics in some countries need to be taken with a grain of salt. Find out why you should be skeptical.
  5. Managing Wealth

    Business Vs. Consumer Credit Reports: What's the Difference?

    Find out the difference between a business credit report and a personal credit report, and why it should matter for business owners.
  6. Investing

    What is an Index?

    An index is a statistical means of calculating a change in an economy or market.
  7. Insights

    Why Can't Economists Agree?

    There are many reasons why economists can be given the same data and come up with entirely different conclusions.
  8. Small Business

    The Small Business Jobs Act: Make It Work For You

    Understanding how to manage business credit is the key to obtaining small business loans.
  9. Investing

    Leading Economic Indicators Predict Market Trends

    Leading indicators help investors to predict and react to where the market is headed.
  10. Investing

    Understanding Forecasting

    Forecasting is the use of historical data to predict the future.
RELATED FAQS
  1. Is the Bureau of Labor Statistics accurate?

    Read this brief analysis of the accuracy of Bureau of Labor Statistics, including a summary of the types of reports issued ... Read Answer >>
  2. What does the Bureau of Labor Statistics do?

    By collecting, analyzing and reporting on important economic data, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has become a critical information ... Read Answer >>
  3. Does the FDIC cover business accounts?

    Learn what types of business accounts are insured by the FDIC, and find out how much of the deposits made by a business are ... Read Answer >>
  4. What impact does a higher non-farm payroll have on the forex market?

    Traders are constantly monitoring various economic indicators to identify trends in economic growth. Some of the most watched ... Read Answer >>
  5. I am retiree, drawing from my 403(b) annuity. I am the sole employee of my own business. ...

    It depends. If your business is unincorporated, and you have net earnings from self-employment, you are eligible to establish ... Read Answer >>
  6. In economics, what is an index number?

    Read about the role of an index number in economics and how index numbers can be applied to all kinds of data, such as inflation ... Read Answer >>
Hot Definitions
  1. Graduate Record Examination - GRE

    A standardized exam used to measure one's aptitude for abstract thinking in the areas of analytical writing, mathematics ...
  2. Graduate Management Admission Test - GMAT

    A standardized test intended to measure a test taker's aptitude in mathematics and the English language. The GMAT is most ...
  3. Magna Cum Laude

    An academic level of distinction used by educational institutions to signify an academic degree which was received "with ...
  4. Cover Letter

    A written document submitted with a job application explaining the applicant's credentials and interest in the open position. ...
  5. 403(b) Plan

    A retirement plan for certain employees of public schools, tax-exempt organizations and certain ministers. Generally, retirement ...
  6. Master Of Business Administration - MBA

    A graduate degree achieved at a university or college that provides theoretical and practical training to help graduates ...
Trading Center