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DTI reveals latest insolvency figures

More than 3,420 businesses in England and Wales went into liquidation in thesecond quarter of 2000, according to DTI figures revealed revealed.

The number of company insolvencies increased by just under 1% compared to theprevious quarter, and fell by over 6% compared to the similar period last year.Individual insolvencies remained level with 7,655 going out of business – anincrease of just over 6%.

PricewaterhouseCoopers insolvency experts argue that the marginal increase in company liquidations will provide little room for comfort for many companies struggling to remain afloat with consumer spending reaching ‘unsustainable’ levels.

A recent Bank of England financial stability review argued that the leastprofitable companies today are in a worse financial situation than strugglingbusinesses in the recession.

Stephen Taylor, European insolvency leader at PwC, said: ‘There is sufficientevidence to suggest that we are currently under the ‘natural level’ of companyinsolvencies for a healthy and vibrant economy. Any future rise in companyfailures, caused by a fall in consumer spending and high levels of e-businessfailures, is not necessarily ominous for the economy.’

The UK experienced 125 insolvencies for every 10,000 registered companies.In many, PwC report predicted that a large number of e-businesses faced failurebecause of its high cash ‘burn rate’.

Taylor added: ‘The insolvency figures released today do not reflect thedifficulties facing this sector in recent months.’

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