Business Barometer

Approximately 6 Irish companies went bust per day in Quarter 1 of this year. On top of that, our Stress Test on a further 31,000 companies revealed that half were showing signs consistent with business failure.

Figures for the first three months of 2012 show that 462 Irish companies failed. As we have found to commonly be the case, liquidations made up the majority of these failures - 266 (58%). These companies owed their short term creditors over €134m.

However, the gap between liquidations and receiverships narrowed considerably this quarter compared to the same period in 2011.

Receiverships made up over 40% of insolvencies in this quarter. This compares to approximately 30% of insolvencies in Q1 - 2011.

This increase could be as a result of the difficulties faced by companies linked to the Spencer Dock Development Company but as of now it is too early to say if this trend

will continue this year.

Stress Test:

31,070 companies were subjected to our Stress Test in Quarter 1. Of these, 15,485 (50%) were deemed to be High Risk and showing signs of business failure.

17% of companies were deemed to be Medium Risk so we recommend that assurances be sought from them before Credit terms are agreed and the remainder were deemed Low Risk.


Over 9,300 Start-Ups were registered in Quarter 1 of this year - an average of 135 new businesses per day.

Business Names (6,215) were almost twice as prevalent as Company incorporations (3,176).

Companies in the Professional Services sector were the most common for start-ups, making up 26% of all new companies formed.

Companies operating in the "Wholesale/Retail, Social/Personal Services and IT sectors were the next most common industries for start-ups. These sectors accounted for a further 31% of new companies formed in the quarter.

Insolvency Notices


The number of companies that have collapsed this year. This figure is up 24% compared to last year
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Our Credit Reports are predicting over 80% of insolvencies at up to 6 months in advance.



  • 30 Companies

E8 (Notice Of Appointment Of Receiver)

  • 9 Companies


  • 0 Company



The number of companies that have closed this week.

New Startups

New Companies

  • 109 Companies

New Businesses

  • 43 Businesses

Important Changes

Changed Status

  • 1740 Companies


  • 6 Companies

Strike off & Struck off Companies

Strike Off

  • 635 Companies

Struck Off

  • 190 Companies

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