Some of the key findings from Q3: A third (34%) of businesses reported that lack of finance for investment is constraining growth plans. Almost half (46%) of firms reported they were contracting, fighting for survival or winding up. Only 6% of businesses reported that they had increased employment in the previous quarter. In the past 14 quarters more businesses reported a decrease than an increase in their employment levels. For more detailed findings, contact Dr Eoin Magennis on 028 3083 4165 (048 from Ireland).