Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Have company liquidations reached their peak?

There were 4,082 compulsory liquidations and creditors’ voluntary liquidations in total in England and Wales in the first quarter of 2010 (on a seasonally adjusted basis). This was a decrease of 8.4% on the previous quarter and a decrease of 17.8% on the same period a year ago.



This was made up of 1,314 compulsory liquidations (which are down 1.3% on the previous quarter and down 14.8% on the corresponding quarter of the previous year), and 2,768 creditors voluntary liquidations (which are down 11.4% on the previous quarter and down 19.1% on the corresponding quarter of the previous year).

 
In the twelve months ending Q1 2010, approximately 1 in 120 active companies (or 0.8%) went into liquidation, which is a decrease from the previous quarter, when this figure stood at 1 in 114 (0.9%).

Additionally, there were 1,343 other corporate insolvencies in the first quarter of 2010 (not seasonally adjusted) comprising 356 receiverships, 783 administrations and 204 company voluntary arrangements. In total these represented a decrease of 24.7% on the same period a year ago.

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