Insolvencies across the wider economy, including other sectors such as construction and manufacturing, were down 3% on the previous year.
This adds weight to suggestions that recent official figures showing that gross domestic product (GDP) declined 0.7% in the quarter may be overestimating the severity of the double-dip recession.
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