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
Jaarmaandnumber of bankrupties
2014September487
2014October563
2014November517
2014December465
2015January500
2015February505
2015March574
2015April470
2015May456
2015June427
2015July441
2015August333
2015September339
2015October395
2015November411
2015December420
2016January401
2016February483
2016March394
2016April385
2016May343
2016June384
2016July371
2016August287
2016September299
2016October303
2016November417
2016December332
2017January336
2017February292
2017March304
2017April263
2017May281
2017June300
2017July266
2017August231
2017September237
2017October261
2017November251
2017December269
2018January274
2018February233
2018March267
2018April267
2018May260
2018June249
2018July252
2018August258

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
sectornumber
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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