In December 2012, 552 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, versus 581 in November.
As the number of businesses declared bankrupt in a particular month is closely related to the number of days courts are in session, it may vary considerably from month to month. Therefore, the three-month moving average is a more reliable indicator. The three-month moving average stood at 610 in December. The three-month moving average has varied around 600 for the fifth month running.
Nearly 7400 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) went bankrupt in 2012, i.e. an increase by 19 percent relative to 2011. This number of bankruptcies is unprecedented. For further information see the press release on bankruptcies in 2012.
Bankruptcies of businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses)
More figures can be found in dossier Business cycle.For more information on economic indicators, the reader is referred to the Economic Monitor.