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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.

Our History

Our achivements and goals

1841

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

1847

Benjamin Douglas becomes a partner in the Mercantile Agency

1849

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

1859

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

1874

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

1886

Promotedto general in 1916, at age 35, he liberated two major provinces in eastern Turkey thatyear. In the next two years, he served as commander of several Ottoman armies inPalestine, Aleppo, and elsewhere, achieving another major victory by stopping the enemyadvance at Aleppo.

1931

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

1933

Douglass turned over the Agency to his brother-in-law, Robert Graham Dun. Under the new name, R.G. Dun & Company.

1942

Dun & Bradstreet takes over a competitor, The Credit Clearing House

1951

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

1962

Dun & Bradstreet introduces Data Universal Numbering System (D-U-N-S) and takes over Moody’s

1965

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

1972

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

1980

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

1983

Dun & Bradstreet develops D-U-N-SNet, the telephone network of the company

1984

Dun & Bradstreet takes over AC Nielsen

1995

Dun & Bradstreet commences operations in India

1998

Launches its maiden publication India’s Top 500 Companies and quarterly report Business Optimism Index in India

1999

Embarks on a 5 year alliance with India's leading stock exchange - Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE)

2000

Partners with Export Credit Gaurantee Corporation of India (ECGC) giving access to exporters in India

2001

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

2002

Dun & Bradstreet introduces and gets the patent for the D-U-N-SRight principle Sets up India's first credit bureau, Credit Information Bureau (India) Limited with TransUnion, SBI and HDFC; and other public / private sector banks of India

2003

Creates Dun & Bradstreet South Asia Middle East (D&B SAME) Launches a business vertical Economic Analysis Group (EAG) in India, to create content and research

2004

Launches another business verticle Financial Education Solutions (now Learning Solutions) in India, to create knowledge based events and trainings

2005

Dun & Bradstreet launches DNBi in America and reaches the first 100 million companies data Dun & Bradtreet India database crosses 1 million records

2007

Dun & Bradstreet gets 1st place in financial data in Fortune’s Most Admired Companies Launches HOOVERS and Trade Exchange Programe in India

2009

Launches Project Appraisal Services for Indian customers

2010

Dun & Bradstreet India database crosses 5 million records

2013

Dun & Bradstreet India launches D&B Compliance Verification in India

2015

Dun & Bradstreet modernizes the brand

2016

Merger of two business units – LS & EAG to LEIG

2017

Launched Master Data Solution & D&B Credit

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