Lowest level bankruptcies of this century

The number of corporate bankruptcies has decreased, according to Statistics Netherlands (CBS). There were 48 fewer bankruptcies in February 2018 than in the previous month. This constitutes the lowest number of bankruptcies since 2001. Most bankruptcies in February were recorded in the trade sector.

Number of bankruptcies of businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses), adjusted for court sessions days
   number of bankruptcies
2014M556
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
2017J336
F292
M304
A263
M281
J300
J266
A231
S237
O261
N251
D269
2018J274
F226

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. The number of bankruptcies reached the lowest level of this century.

Most bankruptcies recorded in trade sector

If the number of court session days is not taken into account, 217 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt in February 2018. With a total of 41, the trade sector suffered most.

Trade is among the sectors with the highest number of businesses. In February, the number of bankruptcies was relatively highest in the sector transport and storage.

Number of bankrupties of businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) by sector, February 2018
 number
Trade41
Financial services32
Construction22
Specialised business services21
Transport, storage21
Manufacturing16
Accommodation, food15
Renting, other business services12
Information & communication11
Culture, sports, recreation5
Care3
Real estate activities3

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

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