Business Barometer

Our Stress Test indicates that almost 50% of Irish companies are showing signs of business failure!

During the first four weeks of July 2012 we carefully stress tested just over 9,400 Irish companies and found that 49% could be classified as High Risk and displayed signs consistent with business failure. A further 17% of companies surveyed were deemed to be Medium risks with the remainder being classed as Low Risk.

That period also saw 131 Irish company insolvencies being registered, an average of 5 insolvencies per day. This figure represents a 15% drop on the same period in 2011.

Of the 131 insolvencies 74% were liquidated and 25% had a receiver appointed. One company had an examiner appointed between 1st and 25th July 2012.

July also saw 101 Irish companies hold a Meeting of Creditors to appoint a liquidator. The figure is down 14% on July '11 but, according to their latest accounts, these companies owed their short term creditors slightly over €37m.


More positively, 2,750 start-ups were registered in the first four weeks of July, an average of 110 a day. This compares to 2,871 start-ups for the same period in 2011.

Over 1,800 of these start-ups were registered business names with the remainder being company incorporations.

The most popular industry for start-ups is the professional services sector which has accounted for almost a quarter of all new businesses this year.

Wholesale & Retail along with Social & Personal Services are the next most popular industries and, together, account for a third of new businesses formed this year.

Unpaid Debt - Court Judgments:

The Irish Courts awarded 345 registered judgments in favour of creditors for unpaid debts in July. The value of these was €27.5m. That's an average value per judgment of just over €76,600. This represents a 76% increase on the average value of a judgment that was recorded in July 2011.

In terms of value, banks were the main beneficiaries, receiving over €18m in judgment awards whilst Credit Unions received the most awards in their favour (73).

Insolvency Notices


The number of companies that have collapsed this year. This figure is down 2% compared to last year
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Our Credit Reports are predicting over 80% of insolvencies at up to 6 months in advance.



  • 43 Companies

E8 (Notice Of Appointment Of Receiver)

  • 16 Companies


  • 0 Company



The number of companies that have closed this week.

New Startups

New Companies

  • 236 Companies

New Businesses

  • 268 Businesses

Important Changes

Changed Status

  • 855 Companies


  • 4 Companies

Strike off & Struck off Companies

Strike Off

  • 328 Companies

Struck Off

  • 172 Companies

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