The survey, compiled by Lane Clark & Peacock (LCP),
found that the average pension deficit for companies in the FTSE Global 100 index
increased by 1.6 billion euros during 2008, Reuters reported.
The report highlighted Royal Dutch Shell, IBM, and General Electric, which each saw deficit increases of more than 15 billion euros, contrasting with surpluses reported in 2007.
LCP said that asset price gains during 2009 stemming from recovering markets had not compensated for falling corporate bond yields which are used to measure pension liabilities in company accounts.