Slightly more bankruptcies in January

The number of corporate bankruptcies has increased again, according to Statistics Netherlands (CBS). There were 5 more bankruptcies in January 2018 than in December 2017. In December, the number of bankruptcies rose by 17. Most bankruptcies in January were recorded in the trade sector.

Number of bankruptcies of businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses), adjusted for court sessions days
   Number
2014F645
M556
A648
M583
J492
J566
A490
S487
O563
N517
D465
2015J500
F505
M574
A470
M456
J427
J441
A333
S339
O395
N411
D420
2016J401
F483
M394
A385
M343
J384
J371
A287
S299
O303
N417
D332
2017J334
F289
M301
A260
M278
J297
J263
A229
S235
O258
N249
D266
2018J271

Bankruptcies show stable 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; after that, ups and downs alternated. In December and January, the number of bankruptcies increased slightly. Over the past 10 months, the number of bankruptcies has been more or less stable.

Most bankruptcies recorded in trade sector

If the number of court session days is not taken into account, 309 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt in January 2018. With a total of 72, the trade sector suffered most.

Trade is among the sectors with the highest number of businesses. In January, the number of bankruptcies was relatively highest in the sector hotels and restaurants.

Number of bankrupties of businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) by sector, January 2018
 number
Trade72
Financial services44
Manufacturing35
Accommodation, food23
Construction22
Specialised business services21
Transport, storage16
Information, communication16
Care15
Renting, other business services14
Culture, sports, recreation7
Real estate activities6


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

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