We haven’t been imagining it – retailers, along with the accommodation and food sectors, have seen a spike in corporate insolvency appointments over the last 12 months, an insolvency specialist has confirmed.
The accommodation and food services industry saw a 21 per cent spike in corporate insolvency appointments over the 2017-18 financial year, while the retail trade sector saw a 19 per cent increase, according to Worrells Solvency and Forensic Accountants latest insolvency report.
“Our experience in the last 12 months is indicative of what the Australian Securities and Investments Commission’s statistics report,” said Worrells partner Chris Cook.
“The enquiries and discussions we have daily with business owners and their advisors tells me that there’s more stress and pressure to come in the construction and retail industry and trading environments.”
The makeup of the top five industries in the corporate insolvency analysis includes other (business and personal) services; construction; accommodation and food services; retail trade; and transport, postal and warehousing.
Last year, Kevin San & Associates director Kevin San told My Business’ sister title Accountants Daily that he had noticed a notable drop in revenue for clients in brick-and-mortar cafés, restaurants and retail in the Sydney market, highlighting the difficulties clients are facing in an “oversaturated market”.
The main business-related cause of personal insolvency was put down to economic conditions affecting industry – including competition and price cutting, credit restrictions, fall in prices, increases in costs – with 27 per cent citing that as the main reason.
Further, six per cent of debtors cited a “lack of business ability including underquoting or failure to assess potential of business” as a reason for failure.
The top three corporate insolvency activity states of NSW, Victoria and Queensland all shared the same top five industry profile of other (business and personal) services: construction; accommodation and food services; retail trade; and transport, postal and warehousing, continuing the trend from the previous corresponding period.
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