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