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UK business insolvencies hits lowest rate

UK business insolvencies hits lowest rate in January since June 2007
Financial strength of businesses improved eight per cent year-on-year
The latest Insolvency Indexfrom Experian, the global information services company, reveals a positive picture in January, with the rate of business failures falling to its lowest point since June 2007.
Businesses across the UK saw an eight per cent improvement in their combined financial strength score[1], from 79.46 in January 2009 to 81.16 January 2010. The rate of insolvencies[2] fell to 0.07 per cent in January 2010, with seven in every 10,000 businesses going under. This compares to an insolvency rate of 0.09 per cent in January 2009 and 0.11 per cent in December 2009.
Rolf Hickmann, Managing Director of pH, an Experian company, said: Its encouraging to discover that not since the current financial crunch started have so few firms become insolvent in a single month. Whilst it is too early to predict whether we are fully out of the woods, this does hint at an improvement in the health of UK businesses, something which is reinforced by the financial strength view provided by Januarys data.


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