Initial public offerings (IPOs) of companies from the so-called BRIC nations — Brazil, Russia, India and China — enjoyed their best-ever start to the year, according to Thomson Reuters data:

• BRIC IPO volumes for the beginning of 2010 are at their largest level, in terms of both value and number of issues, for any January on record.

• Asian IPO issuance for January 2010 to date has reached a similar record, in terms of value, being the largest January on record.

• BRIC IPOs account for 76% of total global IPO activity for the year so far. This is up from 5.6% in January 2009.

• Materials tops the industry breakdown this month with 35% of the activity. Energy & Power and High Technology come 2nd & 3rd respectively.