National Statistics

Company Insolvency Statistics, October to December 2019

Statistics on new company insolvencies in England and Wales, and related statistics for Scotland and Northern Ireland

Documents

Commentary - Company Insolvency Statistics October to December 2019

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Data Tables in Excel (xlsx) Format - Company Insolvency Statistics October to December 2019

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Data Tables in Open Document Spreadsheet (ods) Format - Company Insolvency Statistics October to December 2019

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Industry Tables in Excel (xlsx) Format - Company Insolvency Statistics October to December 2019

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Industry Tables in Open Document Spreadsheet (ods) Format - Company Insolvency Statistics October to Decemeber 2019

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CSV Tables - Company Insolvency Statistics October to December 2019

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Annual Infographic - Company Insolvency Statistics October to December 2019

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Pre-Release Access List - Company Insolvency Statistics October to December 2019

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Details

This statistics release contains the latest data on company insolvency (companies which are unable to pay debts and enter liquidation, or enter administration or other company rescue process) . Statistics are presented separately for England and Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland because of differences in legislation and policy.

Main messages

Company Insolvencies in 2019

  • In 2019, underlying company insolvencies increased to their highest annual level since 2013.
  • This was largely driven by an increase in underlying creditors’ voluntary liquidations which reached their highest annual level since 2009
  • Administrations increased in 2019 compared to 2018 while compulsory liquidations decreased, and company voluntary arrangements were flat.

Company Insolvencies in Q4 2019

  • Underlying company insolvencies decreased in Q4 2019 compared with Q3 2019.
  • This was driven by decreases across all main types of company insolvency.
  • Total insolvencies were higher in Q4 2019 compared with the same quarter of 2018.
  • Compulsory liquidations have fallen for the fourth successive quarter.
Published 30 January 2020