NU Online News Service, June 27, 12:45 p.m. – Commercial businesses had an easier time collecting on account receivables in May than they did in April, according to D&B Receivable Management Services Corp., Bethlehem, Pa.

The collection agency, a unit of Dun & Bradstreet Inc., measures the health of the U.S. economy by using a homegrown statistical model to calculate a monthly Recovery Score.

The score rose to 105 in May, up from a low of 90 in March 2001, D&B says.

D&B emphasizes that it has recorded 15 consecutive months of improvements in businesses’ ability to collect payments.

Companies are still asking for help from collection agencies, but that seems to be because they are less patient with slow payers than they used to be, D&B says.