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
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 A229
2017 S235
2017 O258
2017 N249
2017 D266
2018 J271

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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