Aim market to return to growth

The tide of firms delisting from the Alternative Investment Market (Aim) will finally bottom out over the second half of the year, heralding a return to growth for the junior market next year. Deloitte predicts the number of firms on the market will reach a low point of 1,200, a drop of almost 30 per cent from its peak of 1,694 in 2007. Firms left the market in droves during the crisis, as the cost of maintaining a listing put undue pressure on balance sheets.

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