Business Barometer

A review of the trends seen in the first 9 months of this year has revealed continued improvement in terms of insolvencies, bad debts & start-ups.

From a statistical point of view, 2016 has been a positive one and has built on the successes recorded last year. In order to better highlight this, we've reviewed the key figures in terms of insolvencies, debts and start-ups.


Insolvencies recorded between January and September this year are down 5% on the same period in 2015 (727 v 762) - an average of just under 3 per day. The professional services sector was the hardest hit by insolvencies and accounted for 19% of the recorded cases with construction just behind on 18%.

Dublin and Cork were home to over half of the insolvent companies with 42% based in Dublin and a further 10% in Cork.

Bad Debts:

In addition to the drop in insolvencies - the first nine months of 2016 also saw a drop in judgment awards for failure to repay debts. Almost E204m was awarded in 2,300 separate bad debt judgment cases - a reduction of 45% on the same period in 2015 (E371.7m). Over two thirds of judgments were against consumers and these had a value of E180.9m (down 47% on 2015 - E343.3m) with a further E22.8m awarded against companies.


35,698 new companies and businesses were formed between January and September this year - up 3% on the same period in 2015 - an average of just over 130 new entities per day.

Almost 15,800 start-ups were new companies and almost one in five of these chose to operate in the professional services sector. The next most popular industry for company start-ups was finance which saw over 2,100 entities formed.

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