The UK economy is “picking up steam”.

The latest CBI economic forecast points to encouraging signs that the UK economy is on track to gradually “pick up steam” over 2024 and 2025. After a strong start to the year, UK GDP growth is projected to rise to 1.0% in 2024. Momentum should then continue in 2025, with GDP growth anticipated to reach […]

18.7% of all UK-listed companies issued a profit warning over the last 12 months.

According to EY-Parthenon’s latest Profit Warnings report, although there has been a quarterly fall in the number of profit warnings, 18.7% of all UK-listed companies issued a profit warning over the past 12 months. Furthermore, EY-Parthenon’s research found that the number of companies warning for the first time in 12 months recently reached its highest […]

Sluggish growth is delaying economic recovery in Emerging Europe and Central Asia.

The World Bank has published its latest Regional Economic Update for Europe and Central Asia region and warns that economic activity in the emerging and developing economies of the Europe and Central Asia region is likely to slow to 2.8% this year following substantial strengthening to 3.3% in 2023. However, a slower-than-expected recovery in key […]

The global recovery is steady but slow and differs by region.

The latest World Economic Outlook (WEO) forecasts that the world economy will continue growing at 3.2% during 2024 and 2025. This is an upward revision of 0.1% from the January 2024 WEO Update and 0.3% from the October 2023 WEO, although the pace of expansion remains low by historical standards. A slight acceleration for advanced […]

The UK economy “is trapped” in a low-to-no growth state.

The BCC’s Quarterly Economic Survey indicates that most UK firms reported no improvement in investment levels, sales, or cashflow in the first quarter of 2024, with business confidence levels remaining mostly unchanged. The percentage of respondents reporting increased domestic sales also remained steady at 36% – the same level as in Q4. However, notable sectoral […]

The UK’s growth will be the second poorest of advanced economies in 2024.

The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook (WEO) predicts that growth in the UK will rise from an estimated 0.1% in 2023 to 0.5% in 2024 as the lagged negative effects of high energy prices wane, then to 1.5% in 2025, as disinflation allows financial conditions to ease and real incomes to recover. This indicates a […]

Corporate insolvency in Scotland is at its highest level since the 2011-12 financial year.

The latest Scottish Insolvency Statistics for 2023-24 indicate that there were 1,168 corporate insolvencies in the year – an increase of 3% from 2022-2023’s figure of 1,132, 37% higher than 2021-2022’s figure (854), and 23% higher than pre-pandemic levels in 2019-2020 (948). Richard Bathgate, Chair of R3 in Scotland and Restructuring Partner at Johnston Carmichael, […]

Nearly one in five UK-listed companies issued a profit warning in the last 12 months.

A new EY-Parthenon Profit Warnings report reveals that the percentage of UK-listed companies issuing profit warnings over the last twelve months increased to 18.7%, which is 1% higher than in 2008 at the peak of the Global Financial Crisis. Additionally, by the end of the first quarter of 2024, thirty-nine companies had issued three or […]

Begbies Traynor’s ‘Red Flag Alert’ research highlights the rapid acceleration of financial distress over the past 12 months.

Currently 554,554 UK businesses are in ‘significant’ financial distress, marking a 30.8% rise compared to Q1 2023. This deterioration affects all twenty-two sectors covered by the research. Furthermore, levels of more severe ‘critical’ financial distress have surged by 20.1% compared to Q1 2023, impacting a total of 40,174 UK businesses. The situation is particularly concerning […]

Company Watch has launched a new service, Payment Practises Data, to provide businesses with insights into the payment behaviours of the companies they work with.

The platform gathers data daily from around 9,155 of the UK’s largest companies reporting their payment practices (with this number set to grow), which is presented in “easily digestible” graphs showing the average days to pay and payment, as well as the payment percentage for all published years. Businesses can also view more information from […]

The UK retail sector presents considerable challenges, yet glimpses of recovery are emerging.

Tokio Marine HCC’s latest Trade Credit UK Retail Sector Report, featuring insights from Fiona O’Brien, Senior Credit Underwriter – Trade Credit, underscores the profound shifts the sector has undergone in the past decade. The report paints a picture of the industry’s current landscape, with insolvency rates surpassing pre-Covid levels and showing an upward trend. As […]

Macroeconomic pressures drove CEE insolvency rates to new heights in 2023.

Coface has published a new report analysing company insolvencies in the Central and Eastern European (CEE) region. Coface notes that, in the wake of an economic downturn that saw Czechia, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia and Lithuania recorded negative growth rates in 2023, CEE countries witnessed a dramatic 38.6% increase in insolvency proceedings from 2022 to 2023. […]

Atradius reveals significant increases in payment defaults for many cornerstone industries.

Although Atradius’ report on payment default trends for Q1 2024 reveals a decrease of 18% in the number of claims received from UK businesses compared to the same period in 2023, the report also highlights significant increases in payment defaults within several cornerstone industries. For instance, the energy and fuel sector experienced a 75% increase […]

Accessing finance is becoming more difficult for UK SMEs.

According to new data from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Insights Unit, accessing finance is becoming more difficult for a large number of UK SMEs. 49% of businesses surveyed who accessed finance felt that getting funding had become more challenging over the past three years. Only 13% said it was getting easier. The BCC’s […]

UK retailers report six months of negative sales.

According to new data from BDO’s High Street Sales Tracker, total UK in-store and online sales fell by 2.2% in March, marking the sixth consecutive month of negative sales results – the longest consecutive period of negative growth outside of the COVID-19 pandemic. BDO’s data, which looks at sales across discretionary spend categories, highlighted that in-store sales […]

UK manufacturing faces anaemic growth for the next two years.

UK manufacturers are facing the prospect of two years of anaemic growth, with the latest forecasts suggesting the sector will remain flat this year (0.1% growth) and grow by just half the rate of the economy overall in 2025. However, although the Q1 Manufacturing Outlook survey published by Make UK and BDO suggests that the […]

UK company insolvencies in March 2024 were 17% higher than the same month in 2023.

New data from Creditsafe has found that 2,598 companies in the UK became insolvent in March 2024 – a slight decrease compared to February and an increase of 17% compared to the same month in 2023. 17% of insolvencies in March came from within the UK construction sector. Creditsafe suggests that two sectors with traditionally […]