Slightly fewer bankruptcies in January

The number of companies declared bankrupt dropped slightly in January, by 7 relative to December 2016. In December, the number of bankruptcies fell by 85. In January, 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
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 A286
2016 S298
2016 O302
2016 N416
2016 D331
17 J324

Erratic trend

Adjusted for court session days, the number of bankruptcies peaked in May 2013 and subsequently started to decline over a period lasting until August 2016, when it dipped to its lowest level since August 2008. This was followed by an upward trend lasting several months, after which the declining trend resumed in December and subsequently in January 2017.

Most bankruptcies recorded in trade sector

If the number of court session days is not taken into account, 371 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt in January 2017. With a total of 83 the trade sector was hit the hardest. In the financial sector, 67 bankruptcies were filed.

Trade and financial services are among the sectors with the highest number of businesses. In January, the number of bankruptcies was relatively high in the sector transport and storage.

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
Trade83
Financial services67
Specialised business services50
Construction30
Transport; storage25
Renting; other business services24
Accommodation; food22
Manufacturing18
Care17
Information; communciation11
Real estate activities9
Culture; sport; recreation2

The numbers in this publication are provisional and can be adjusted.

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