Business Barometer

Over EUR20m in bad debts recorded in January and February 2019.

Over €20m in bad debt judgments have been awarded against companies and consumers in the first two months of 2019. Although this figure is down on the same period in 2018 (€70m) it's still a sizeable sum and a reminder not to lose sight of the importance of the credit control and cash collection functions in your business.

While the total value of judgments in the first two months of this year are down 71% on the same period in 2017, the overall number has increased by 5% (449 v 428).

387 judgments have been awarded against consumers (up 14% on 2018 - 339) in January and February this year and these have a value of €19.6m - an average of €50,697 per judgment.

A further €832,171 in bad debts were registered against companies in 62 separate judgments (€13,422 per judgment).

While these figures reflect a drop in the value of bad debt judgments, €20m is still a substantial figure, and the increase in overall numbers of judgments helps illustrate that there is still an ongoing need for continued risk assessment and client monitoring.

Vision-net lets you carry out risk assessment in a low cost and highly effective way, to minimise your exposure along the full credit life cycle, using the very latest data, to ensure you make the most informed credit and risk decisions.

Why not check a client on today. All of our accounts allow you to search judgments and analyse bad debt histories on consumers and corporate clients, as well as proactively alerting you if a new judgment is registered against someone you have an interest in - free of charge.

Vision-net also gives you access to the most comprehensive background checking tool on the market on consumers with our CCI report. This simple search compiles information, taken from 11 key data streams, into one user-friendly credit profile of directors or individuals.

To access reports on any business or individual you deal with today simply login to today. And if you'd like to know more about any aspect of our service, please give us a call on Tel: +353 1 664 1111 or email

  By Business Barometer.

Issue 367 (Week Ending 24/03/2019)

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