Lowest number of bankruptcies after 2000

The number of corporate bankruptcies has declined further, according to Statistics Netherlands (CBS). There were 39 fewer bankruptcies in August than in July 2017. The number of bankruptcies reached its lowest level in this century. Most bankruptcies in August were recorded in the trade sector.

Number of bankruptcies of businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses), adjusted for court session days
 number
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 J401
2016 F483
2016 M394
2016 A385
2016 M343
2016 J384
2016 J371
2016 A287
2016 S299
2016 O303
2016 N417
2016 D332
2017 J334
2017 F289
2017 M301
2017 A260
2017 M278
2017 J297
2017 J263
2017 A224

Downward trend

Adjusted for court session days, the number of bankruptcies peaked in May 2013. This was followed by a downward trend. In April 2017, the number of bankruptcies was at its lowest since December 2007 but this decline subsequently stalled. The number started decreasing again in July, however, reaching its lowest level since 2001 in August.

Most bankruptcies recorded in trade sector

If the number of court session days is not taken into account, 258 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt in August 2017. With a total of 67, the trade sector suffered most.

Trade is among the sectors with the highest number of businesses. In August, the number of bankruptcies was relatively highest 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
Trade67
Financial services35
Construction25
Renting; other business services21
Manufacturing19
Specialised business services18
Accommodation; food16
Care15
Transport; storage12
Information; communciation9
Real estate activities6
Culture; sport; recreation6


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

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