National Trade Register Office (ONRC) data, quoted by Mediafax, shows the number of companies that have temporarily suspended their activity has dropped by approximately 50 per cent to 42,417 in the first six months of the year. On the other hand, the number of companies that asked to be struck off the register has grown by 550 per cent compared to the same period last year. A total of 80,646 companies suspended their activity in the first six months of 2009. In the first half of 2010 the number of companies that asked to be struck off stood at 118,340, up by 549 per cent compared to the same period last year. On the other hand, the number of companies that filed for dissolution dropped by 54.44 per cent from 11,064 to 5,041. The number of registered companies stood at over 58,000, compared to 60,800 companies registered in the first half of 2009. Thus, at the end of June there were over 900,000 companies. More than 133,000 companies suspended their activity in 2009, a figure that was 11 times higher than the one reported in 2008.