Figures published today record an 8% increase in liquidations, receiverships and examinerships in the first six months of 2012.

The figures were compiled by RSM Farrell Grant Sparks show 1,036 companies in liquidation, receivership or examinership to the end of June.

The figures recorded 516 company failures in the first quarter and a similar number in the second quarter.

46% of company failures were in the property and construction sector. This is higher than 2010 and 2011.

Dublin continues to account for the majority of failures with 47% of all failures in the capital.