Largest companies in the UK demonstrate resilience in May 2011

Nottingham, 1 July 2011 — Experian, the global information services company, published its latest Business Insolvency Index today, revealing that the UK’s largest companies performed well in May 2011, experiencing the biggest fall in insolvencies compared to any other business size.  Those employing over 501 employees saw a fall in insolvencies from 0.16 per cent in May last year to 0.10 per cent in May this year and those companies employing 101-500 employees saw the insolvency rate decrease from 0.14 per cent to 0.10 per cent year on year.

Overall, out of 1,674 UK companies, 0.09 per cent of the active business community became insolvent in May 2011, compared to 1,491 companies (0.08 per cent) in the same period in 2010. 

Regional trends

The South West experienced a fall in business insolvencies with just 0.06 per cent of firms failing in May, compared to 0.07 per cent the year before.

In contrast, the eastern parts of the country witnessed a less positive picture against this time last year.  The East Midlands had the biggest increase in failures, rising to 0.10 per cent in May from 0.07 per cent last year, while insolvencies also increased in the North East, Yorkshire, East Anglia and South East.

Yorkshire recorded the highest level of insolvencies, with 0.13 per cent of the business population failing, up from 0.11 per cent in May 2010.

Sectors

It was positive news for Insurance companies in May with the rate of insolvencies dropping from 0.12 per cent last year to 0.04 per cent this year.  Food retailers continued to be the lowest performing industry in terms of financial strength, with the average score falling from 75.92 last May to 74.60 this year.

Max Firth, Managing Director of Business Information Services at Experian UK & Ireland, comments: “The increase in insolvencies was relatively small and at 0.09 per cent, the rate is actually an improvement on April 2011, which was at 0.10 per cent.  However in all economic climates, we urge businesses to ensure they effectively manage risk around their portfolio.  Tracking variations in insolvency rates and business strength across region, company size and sector, continues to be one of the ways we help businesses manage this.”

Region

Insolvencies
Apr-11

% change from
Apr-10

% of business population failing
Apr-11

% of business population failing
Apr-10

Financial Strength Score
Apr-11

Financial Strength Score
Apr-10

Scotland

 95

3.26

0.08%

0.08%

 80.57

 80.63

North East

 36

9.09

0.09%

0.08%

 80.66

 80.84

North West

 197

-4.37

0.11%

0.11%

 79.65

 79.99

Yorkshire

 150

20.97

0.13%

0.11%

 80.16

 80.81

Wales

 49

2.08

0.09%

0.08%

 80.07

 80.28

West Midlands

 135

4.65

0.09%

0.08%

 79.46

 79.56

East Midlands

 102

36.00

0.10%

0.07%

 80.73

 81.10

Eastern

 143

21.19

0.08%

0.07%

 81.17

 81.69

South West

 92

-12.38

0.06%

0.07%

 82.09

 82.40

Greater London

 436

23.51

0.09%

0.07%

 78.68

 79.53

South East

 239

14.90

0.07%

0.07%

 81.35

 81.98

Grand Total

 1,674

12.27

0.09%

0.08%

 80.21

 80.70

Source: pH, an Experian company


Number of employees

Insolvencies
Apr-11

% change from
Apr-10

% of business population failing
Apr-11

% of business population failing
Apr-10

Financial Strength Score
Apr-11

Financial Strength Score
Apr-10

1-2

 240

5.73

0.05%

0.05%

 82.19

 81.92

3-5

 267

4.30

0.12%

0.12%

 81.58

 81.71

6-10

 229

14.50

0.17%

0.15%

 81.53

 81.20

11-25

 178

-8.72

0.17%

0.19%

 81.34

 80.78

26-50

 109

18.48

0.23%

0.19%

 81.27

 80.57

51-100

 43

19.44

0.16%

0.13%

 81.17

 80.18

101-500

 27

-27.03

0.10%

0.14%

 82.44

 81.32

501+

 9

-40.00

0.10%

0.16%

 86.01

 83.94

Unspecified

 572

32.10

0.06%

0.05%

 78.38

 79.84

Grand Total

 1,674

12.27

0.09%

0.08%

 80.21

 80.70

Source: pH, an Experian company


Sector

Insolvencies
Apr-11

% change from
Apr-10

% of business population failing
Apr-11

% of business population failing
Apr-10

Financial Strength Score
Apr-11

Financial Strength Score
Apr-10

Extractive Industries

 3

200.00

0.21%

0.07%

 81.97

 82.39

Oil

 1

0.00

0.04%

0.03%

 85.61

 85.53

Building & Construction

 252

9.57

0.16%

0.14%

 77.21

 77.35

Building Materials

 9

28.57

0.24%

0.19%

 79.44

 79.30

Chemicals Industry

 2

-60.00

0.08%

0.18%

 81.21

 81.26

Diversified Industrials

 37

0.00

0.18%

0.17%

 77.64

 77.61

Electricals

 9

-25.00

0.10%

0.14%

 79.19

 78.91

Engineering

 54

10.20

0.14%

0.12%

 79.25

 79.06

Printing, Paper & Packaging

 7

40.00

0.22%

0.17%

 78.36

 78.00

Textiles & Clothing

 14

-22.22

0.10%

0.13%

 75.94

 76.33

Breweries

 -  

-

0.00%

0.00%

 77.92

 79.18

Spirits, Wine & Tobacco

 -  

-

0.00%

0.00%

 80.97

 81.94

Food Manufacturing

 7

-41.67

0.11%

0.20%

 77.49

 77.57

Pharmaceuticals

 -  

-100.00

0.00%

0.08%

 82.18

 81.36

Wholesaling

 75

8.70

0.12%

0.11%

 79.34

 79.45

Leisure & Hotels

 139

13.01

0.16%

0.15%

 78.69

 78.85

Media

 46

-6.12

0.07%

0.08%

 79.86

 80.40

Food Retailing

 11

-42.11

0.07%

0.13%

 74.60

 75.92

Non-Food Retailing

 97

21.25

0.12%

0.10%

 78.15

 78.59

Servicing / Repair

 7

0.00

0.09%

0.09%

 82.11

 81.97

Transport

 62

16.98

0.12%

0.10%

 78.15

 78.13

Utilities

 -  

-

0.00%

0.00%

 78.15

 79.48

Postal & Telecommunications

 12

71.43

0.15%

0.08%

 75.89

 75.87

Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing

 9

28.57

0.04%

0.03%

 84.49

 84.88

Banking & Financial Services

 51

2.00

0.10%

0.10%

 83.22

 83.99

Health & Household

 -  

-

0.00%

0.00%

 78.37

 78.91

Business Services

 377

18.93

0.07%

0.06%

 80.46

 81.02

Hiring & Leasing

 28

100.00

0.21%

0.10%

 81.29

 81.16

Property

 140

34.62

0.09%

0.07%

 81.40

 82.46

Other Services

 94

16.05

0.04%

0.04%

 85.09

 85.61

Plastics & Rubber

 10

-9.09

0.15%

0.17%

 77.75

 77.70

Insurance

 5

-64.29

0.04%

0.12%

 84.00

 83.99

IT

 52

-17.46

0.05%

0.06%

 82.56

 83.20

Motor Traders

 38

58.33

0.11%

0.07%

 79.82

 79.71

Unspecified

 26

23.81

0.02%

0.02%

 71.91

 74.19

Grand total

 1,674

12.27

0.09%

0.08%

 80.21

 80.70

Source: pH, an Experian company

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