Slightly more bankruptcies in September

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The number of corporate bankruptcies has increased slightly, according to Statistics Netherlands (CBS). There were 4 more bankruptcies in September than in August 2017. Most bankruptcies in September were recorded in the trade sector.

Downward trend

The number of bankruptcies shows an irregular pattern with many ups and downs. Adjusted for court session days, the number of bankruptcies peaked in May 2013. This was followed by a downward trend, reaching its lowest level (since 2001) in August 2017. The number increased again slightly in September.

Most bankruptcies recorded in trade sector

If the number of court session days is not taken into account, 222 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt in September 2017. With a total of 51, the trade sector suffered most.

Trade is among the sectors with the highest number of businesses. In September, 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
Specialised business services35
Financial services29
Renting; other business services18
Accommodation; food15
Transport; storage13
Information; communciation8
Real estate activities4
Culture; sport; recreation1

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