As many as 15% of the UK’s SMEs are rated ‘fragile’ and risk insolvency during the next four years as Covid-19 state support schemes are withdrawn, according to research by Euler Hermes. State support softened the blow of the Covid-19 shock in 2020, reducing the number of fragile SMEs by more than 8,000 in Germany,…

A KPMG poll of 1,325 business leaders in the world’s largest economies, has found increasing confidence in the global economy is set to spark an acquisition spree. The survey saw 87% of respondents say they were looking to do deals to help boost and transform their businesses within the next three years, with mergers and…

With vaccination campaigns ongoing, trade credit insurer Atradius has predicted that the global economy will grow by 6.2% and is recovering fully from the major economic downturn in 2020 caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Atradius new Economic Outlook forecasts a 2021 growth rate of 6.2%, higher than was expected six months ago. As most economies…

A total of 169 corporate insolvencies were recorded in Ireland in the first half of 2021, according to analysis of the latest insolvency statistics published by Deloitte. The figures represent a decrease of 38% from H1 2020 when 273 insolvencies were recorded. On a quarterly basis, a total of 58 corporate insolvency incidents were recorded…

Intrum has published its latest European Payment Report with the analysis showing that half of the companies surveyed stating that they think they are lucky to have survived 2020. At the same time, reality did not turn out as gloomy as expected, partially due to government support, but also with new, digital business models gaining…

Nearly half of companies have said that they were lucky to have survived 2020 according to new research by Intrum. The research as part of Intrum’s sixth UK edition of the European Payment Report 2021 also found that companies have also taken the opportunity to tighten payment terms and focus on liquidity. However, most businesses…

Half of all business to business (B2B) credit sales in Asia are overdue, according to the latest Payment Practices Barometer from trade credit insurer Atradius. Many Asian businesses polled in the region are feeling the pinch of the global pandemic recession with around 40% of respondents pessimistic about the outlook for their Days Sales Outstanding…

A new report by Coface has highlighted the rising payment risks in China despite the country’s economy expanding by 2.3% in 2020 and it being the only major economy to record growth. Coface expects the GDP in China to accelerate to a 7.5% growth in 2021. This would be the fastest pace since 2013, and…

Atradius’ latest Insolvency Forecast reports Polish insolvencies are expected to grow by 7% this year after remaining static in 2020. As a response to the pandemic, comprehensive stimulus measures supported many Polish businesses, enabling them to sustain their cash position. However, this support is expected to expire this year as the economic rebound gains momentum.…

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