There's been an increase of 96% in the number of court judgements against companies in Ireland for the recovery of unpaid debt for the first three months of the year.
Judgements worth €8.7m were handed out in the first quarter compared to the same period in 2008.
Companies based in Dublin accounted for the majority of the judgments at 39%, followed by Cork with 15% and Limerick on 13%.
Companies in Clare, Roscommon and Kilkenny were the least offenders.
The figures from the Inter Company Comparisons Information group were released this evening.