Are there more bankruptcies?

Throughout the coronavirus crisis, CBS provides weekly updates of the developments in bankruptcies pronounced by Dutch courts. The weekly updates are scheduled for release on Thursdays at 12.00 p.m.

In week 16 of 2021, 41 companies and institutions (including sole proprietorships) were declared bankrupt. This is 5 more than in week 15. In the first 16 weeks of 2021, there were altogether 623 bankruptcies among companies and institutions in the Netherlands. This is 528 down on the same period in 2020.

Weekly bankruptcies, companies and institutions (incl. sole proprietorships), cumulative
Week202120202019
1342517
2679791
3109167160
4163240242
5198322329
6236389400
7270503484
8299576548
9333644631
10383724705
11427800768
12463868853
13493915933
145469891018
1558210861099
1662311511187
1712631251
1813431309
1914011381
2014931437
2115781515
2216571598
2317291657
2417891721
2518751802
2619061880
2719711955
2820352029
2920922105
3021302169
3121822239
3222282306
3322892384
3423222458
3523712523
3624092572
3724552659
3825132752
3925762821
4026232885
4126752959
4227213028
4327673073
4428073168
4528713242
4629113326
4729693404
4830093483
4930603564
5031023635
5131503731
5231843785
533216

How many bankruptcies are registered each week?

In week 16 (19 to 25 April 2021 inclusive), 41 companies and institutions (including sole proprietorships) were declared bankrupt.

Weekly bankruptcies, companies and institutions (incl. sole proprietorships)
Week202120202019
1342517
2337274
3427069
4547382
5358287
6386771
73411484
8297364
9346883
10508074
11447663
12366885
13304780
14537485
15369781
16416588
1711264
188058
195872
209256
218578
227983
237259
246064
258681
263178
276575
286474
295776
303864
315270
324667
336178
343374
354965
363849
374687
385893
396369
404764
415274
424669
434645
444095
456474
464084
475878
484079
495181
504271
514896
523454
5332

Which sector has seen the highest number of bankruptcies?

Of all sectors, retail trade recorded the highest number of bankruptcies in week 16, namely 6. This is 1 more than in week 15. Furthermore, there were 5 bankruptcies in transport and storage, 3 more than in the previous week. Specialised business services (e.g. legal services, architects and advertising agencies) also recorded 5 bankruptcies, 1 more than in week 15. 

Number of bankruptcies of businesses and institutions (including sole proprietorships) by sector, 2021
SectorWeek 16Week 15
Retail trade65
Transportation and storage52
Specialised business activities54
Financial services44
Construction35
Information and communication32
Agriculture, forestry and fishing20
Food and beverage service activities24
Manufacturing11
Wholesale12
Accommodation11
Real estate activities11
Employment activities10
Arts, entertainment and recreation10

How many companies were declared bankrupt in accommodation and food services?

In week 16 of 2021, there were 3 bankruptcies in accommodation and food services. In week 15, there were 5 bankruptcies in this sector. The highest number of bankruptcies in accommodation and food services was in weeks 14 (30 March to 5 April) and 20 (11 to 17 May) of 2020, namely 16 in both weeks.

Weekly bankruptcies in accommodation and food services, cumulative
Week20212020
120
264
3109
41512
51617
61822
72126
82434
92538
102646
113153
123357
133461
143977
154486
164794
17102
18110
19116
20132
21140
22147
23159
24167
25179
26179
27188
28191
29198
30204
31208
32211
33216
34217
35220
36224
37225
38229
39233
40237
41238
42240
43247
44252
45258
46261
47265
48267
49272
50276
51279
52285
53287

Several weeks may pass between the date of filing for bankruptcy and the court decision. As of week 14, Dutch courts are granting a longer application period of at least four weeks in cases where a bankruptcy petition is made (by a claimant), unless in the event of immediate urgency. In addition, the Dutch government has established an emergency package for the economy and job market in order to provide the proper support to Dutch businesses.

The figures presented in this news release are provisional and can be adjusted.