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
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 J336
2017 F292
2017 M304
2017 A263
2017 M281
2017 J300
2017 J266
2017 A231
2017 S237
2017 O261
2017 N251
2017 D269
2018 J274
2018 F232
2018 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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