The D&B D-U-N-S® Number is a unique nine-digit identifier for businesses. It is used to establish a business credit file, which is often referenced by lenders and potential business partners to help predict the reliability and/or financial stability of the company in question. D-U-N-S, which stands for data universal number system, is used to and maintain accurate and timely information on +250 M global businesses.
Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) is the largest of all of the business credit reporting agencies. Through D&B you can obtain all types of analytical services to better gauge lending risk. You can also obtain business credit reports for your own company as well as reports from other companies such as your competitors. D&B also offers many ways you can obtain business information for marketing purposes such as their Hoovers system.