Lowest number of bankruptcies in over 9 years

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According to Statistics Netherlands (CBS), the number of corporate bankruptcies has fallen. In April 2017, it was 42 down from the preceding month. The number of bankruptcies in April was the lowest in over nine years. The largest decrease was recorded in the sectors trade, hotels and restaurants and information and communication.


Downward trend

Adjusted for court session days, the number of bankruptcies peaked in May 2013. Subsequently, the trend was downward. In April 2017, the number of bankruptcies was at its lowest since December 2007.

Most bankruptcies recorded in trade sector

If the number of court session days is not taken into account, 247 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt in April 2017. With a total of 43, the trade sector suffered most, although, the number of bankruptcies in this sector was 17 down from March. The number of bankruptcies also declined across most other sectors, with the exception of the sector business services where the number of bankruptcies increased.

Number of bankruptcies of businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) by sector
Financial services36
Specialised business services35
Renting; other business services31
Transport; storage12
Accomodation; food9
Real estate activities8
Information; communication7
Culture; sport; recreation6

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