New Global Business Failures Report
The number of global business failures as measured by D&B’s Global Insolvency Index fell further in Q1, despite growing signs of a slowdown in major emerging markets (crucially China) and the euro zone. Our regional data show that patterns of insolvencies in Q1 were mixed: business failures fell most sharply in advanced countries, notably in North America and the Nordics, which experienced y/y decreases of 17.5% and 6.2% respectively. The number of business failures rose sharply in emerging markets (excluding China), particularly in Eastern Europe, which saw a 35.4% y/y rise in insolvency levels. Euroland saw some easing in the number of business failures, but this was largely due to improvements in the eurozone’s leading member, Germany
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Reflecting the uneven pattern of global growth, business failures continued to show mixed results across world regions in Q1 2012.
Outlook: Insolvency Risk Will Remain Elevated in H2 2012.
Business failures decreased strongly in North America, but rose sharply in Eastern Europe in Q1 2012.
Insolvencies fell in Euroland, although this was largely due to strong improvement in Germany.