Pedestrians are reflected in the window of a closed business as they walk past a shop in London

01 May 2009, London, England, UK — Pedestrians are reflected in the window of a closed business as they walk past a shop in Tooting, London May 1, 2009. Nearly 5,000 firms in England and Wales went into liquidation and a record number of people succumbed to insolvency in the first three months of 2009, as the deepening recession claimed more victims. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (BRITAIN BUSINESS) — Image by © Stefan Wermuth/Reuters/Corbis