Lowest number of bankruptcies since August 2008

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the number of bankruptcies was the same in September in 2016 as in the preceding month. Adjusted for court session days, the number of bankruptcies remained at the lowest level in more than 8 years. Again, most bankruptcies were filed in the trade sector.

Number of bankruptcies of businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses), corrected for court session days
Number of bankruptcies of businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses), corrected for court session days
 number
2012 O629
2012 N615
2012 D692
2013 J751
2013 F793
2013 M745
2013 A728
2013 M816
2013 J742
2013 J689
2013 A636
2013 S623
2013 O658
2013 N607
2013 D588
2014 J633
2014 F645
2014 M556
2014 A648
2014 M583
2014 J492
2014 J566
2014 A490
2014 S487
2014 O563
2014 N517
2014 D465
2015 J500
2015 F505
2015 M574
2015 A470
2015 M456
2015 J427
2015 J441
2015 A333
2015 S339
2015 O395
2015 N411
2015 D420
2016 J400
2016 F480
2016 M393
2016 A384
2016 M342
2016 J383
2016 J370
2016 A285
2016 S285

Downward trend

Adjusted for court session days, the number of bankruptcies peaked in May 2013 and then started to decline during a period which lasted until September 2015. Subsequently, a period of ups and downs followed. In August and September 2016, the number of bankruptcies reached the lowest level since August 2008.

Over the first nine months of 2016, the number of bankruptcies was down by nearly one-fifth compared to the same period last year.

Most bankruptcies recorded in trade sector

If the number of court session days is not taken into account, 268 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt in September 2016. With a total of 63 bankruptcies, the trade sector was hit hardest. In the sectors financial services and construction, 36 bankruptcies were filed.

These sectors include the highest number of businesses. In relative terms, many bankruptcies were recorded in the sector construction and in the sector hotels and restaurants.

Number of bankruptcies of businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) by sector
Number of bankruptcies of businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) by sector
 number
Trade63
Financial services36
Construction36
Specialised business services26
Manufacturing23
Renting; other business services19
Accommodation; food15
Care9
Information; communciation7
Transport; storage6
Real estate activities4
Culture; sport; recreation1

The numbers in this publication are provisional and can be adjusted

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