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
2014M556
2014A648
2014M583
2014J492
2014J566
2014A490
2014S487
2014O563
2014N517
2014D465
2015J500
2015F505
2015M574
2015A470
2015M456
2015J427
2015J441
2015A333
2015S339
2015O395
2015N411
2015D420
2016J401
2016F483
2016M394
2016A385
2016M343
2016J384
2016J371
2016A287
2016S299
2016O303
2016N417
2016D332
2017J334
2017F289
2017M301
2017A260
2017M278
2017J297
2017J263
2017A229
2017S235
2017O258
2017N249
2017D266
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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