Again slightly more bankruptcies

The number of corporate bankruptcies has increased slightly again, according to Statistics Netherlands (CBS). There were 6 more bankruptcies in August 2018 than in the previous month. However, the trend has been fairly flat for a year. Most bankruptcies in August were recorded in the trade sector.

Number of bankruptcies of businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses), adjusted for court sessions days
 number of bankrupties
2014 September487
2014 October563
2014 November517
2014 December465
2015 January500
2015 February505
2015 March574
2015 April470
2015 May456
2015 June427
2015 July441
2015 August333
2015 September339
2015 October395
2015 November411
2015 December420
2016 January401
2016 February483
2016 March394
2016 April385
2016 May343
2016 June384
2016 July371
2016 August287
2016 September299
2016 October303
2016 November417
2016 December332
2017 January336
2017 February292
2017 March304
2017 April263
2017 May281
2017 June300
2017 July266
2017 August231
2017 September237
2017 October261
2017 November251
2017 December269
2018 January274
2018 February233
2018 March267
2018 April267
2018 May260
2018 June249
2018 July252
2018 August258

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, 247 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt in August 2018. With a total of 51, the trade sector suffered most.

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

Number of bankruptcies of businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) by sector, August 2018
 number
Trade51
Financial services32
Construction31
Renting, other business services22
Specialised business services21
Transport, storage18
Manufacturing15
Accommodation and food services14
Information & communication11
Care8
Culture, sports, recreation5
Real estate activities3

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

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