More bankruptcies in March

The number of corporate bankruptcies has increased, according to Statistics Netherlands (CBS). There were 34 more bankruptcies in March 2018 than in the previous month. In February, the number of bankruptcies fell by 42. Most bankruptcies in March 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
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
2017J336
2017F292
2017M304
2017A263
2017M281
2017J300
2017J266
2017A231
2017S237
2017O261
2017N251
2017D269
2018J274
2018F232
2018M266

Flat 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 trend has been more or less flat since then.

Most bankruptcies recorded in trade sector

If the number of court session days is not taken into account, 251 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt in March 2018. With a total of 51, the trade sector suffered most.

Trade is among the sectors with the highest number of businesses. In March, 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, March 2018
 number
Trade51
Financial services49
Specialised business services31
Construction23
Manufacturing22
Renting, other business services19
Transport, storage15
Care10
Accommodation, food6
Real estate activities5
Information & communication3
Culture, sports, recreation3


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

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