Dun & Bradstreet - D&B

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DEFINITION of 'Dun & Bradstreet - D&B'

A company that provides commercial credit information and reports on business's. Dun & Bradstreet is best known for its Data Universal Numbering System (D.U.N.S) numbers, which creates business information reports for over 100 million global companies. These reports give the reader a breakdown of the company's history, operating information and financials, which can be useful for doing comparisons among companies or sectors.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Dun & Bradstreet - D&B'

D&B was founded by Lewis Tappan on July 20, 1841, under the banner of The Mercantile Agency. This agency was one of the first that primarily focused on compiling and providing business information for customers. After going through a few name transformations, D&B ultimately emerged as a result of a merger between R.G Dun & Company and The Bradstreet Companies.

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