Dun & Bradstreet temporarily suspends China unit

AP News
Posted: Mar 19, 2012 8:10 AM

Dun & Bradstreet Corp. says it has temporarily suspended operations at its Chinese division pending the outcome of an investigation into alleged privacy violations.

The business information provider said late Sunday that the allegations assert that data collection practices at Shanghai Roadway D&B Marketing Services Co Ltd. may violate local Chinese consumer data privacy laws.

Dun & Bradstreet says that it is also reviewing claims that Shanghai Roadway workers may have violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and some other laws. The 1977 act allows the Justice Department to levy hefty fines on U.S.-based companies for ill-gotten profits that come from bribing foreign officials.

The Short Hills, N.J., company says it is cooperating with the Chinese investigation and voluntarily reported the allegations to the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Dun & Bradstreet purchased Shanghai Roadway in 2009. Shanghai Roadway had about $23 million in revenue last year.

Dunn& Bradstreet shares closed at $85.72 on Friday, just below its 52-week high of $86.52 set earlier in the week. They have risen 47 percent since hitting a 52-week low of $58.50 in early October.