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Dun & Bradstreet, a reliable partner in all your business decisions.

Many people believe the data revolution began in recent years. At Dun & Bradstreet, we take a slightly different view. We turn the clock back to July 20, 1841 – the day we set up shop as The Mercantile Agency in New York City.

Founded by Lewis Tappan, the agency helped spark a business information revolution by creating a network of correspondents that served as a source of reliable, consistent and objective credit information.

Dun & Bradstreet has grown considerably since the early days to retain its lead in the market by providing its customers with solutions and expert advice to enable them to take reliable credit, marketing as well as purchasing decisions.

Our Timeline
1841

1841

Mercantile Agency set up by Lewis Tappan, the forerunner of Dun & Bradstreet

1847

1847

Benjamin Douglas becomes a partner in the Mercantile Agency

1849

1849

John M. Bradstreet sets up the rival credit reporting agency in Cincinnati

1859

1859

Robert Graham Dun (brother-in-law of Benjamin Douglas) becomes the manager of The Mercantile Agency
1874

1874

The Mercantile Agency places an order for 100 typewriters so that financial reports can be made on carbon paper

1886

1886

R. H. Donnelley starts the Chicago Directory Company and introduces his first telephone directory in 1886
1931

1931

R. G. Dun & Company introduces a new way of financial reporting
1933

1933

R. G. Dun & Company merges with The Bradstreet Company Dun & Bradstreet

1942

1942

Dun & Bradstreet takes over a competitor: The credit Clearing House
1951

1951

Dun & Bradstreet moves to 99 Church Street headquarters in New York City

1962

1962

Dun & Bradstreet introduces Data Universal Numbering System (D-U-N-S) and takes over Moodey's
1965

1965

Dun & Bradstreet produces its first publication based on a digital database

1972

1972

Dun & Bradstreet produces the first computer generated financial report on a minicomputer
1980

1980

Dun & Bradstreet passes $ 1 billion turnover and $ 100 million profit

1983

1983

Dun & Bradstreet develops DUNSNet, the telephone network of the company

1984

1984

Dun & Bradstreet takes over AC Nielsen

2001

2001

Dun & Bradstreet launches the new corporate branding and changes its name to D&B

2003

2003

Creates Dun & Bradstreet South Asia Middle East (D&B SAME)
2004

2004

Dun & Bradstreet UAE was set up
2014

2014

Dun & Bradstreet UAE acquired by CRIF GULF DWC LLC
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265 Million Business Records and Counting

We also are constantly expanding the size and improving the quality of our global database.

In late 2015, our global database exceeded 265 million businesses worldwide. And we believe in accompanying those quarter-billion records and associated analytics with the high-quality service that is our hallmark.

A New Millennium, A New Dun & Bradstreet

Dun & Bradstreet has undergone a period of restructuring in recent years, and is designed to make Dun & Bradstreet a more tightly focused company. Just before the turn of the century, A.C. Nielsen, Cognizant, Reuben H. Donnelley and Moody's Corporation were all spun off to allow each company to pursue focused strategies for its specific businesses.
In February 2014, Dun & Bradstreet launched a new strategy to drive long-term sustainable growth and to become one global company delivering indispensable content through modern channels to serve new customer needs. We are now more focused on the commercial marketplace and continue to be the world's largest and best provider of insight about businesses.

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