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
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
F232
M266

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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