Fewer bankruptcies

The number of corporate bankruptcies has decreased, according to Statistics Netherlands (CBS). There were 47 fewer bankruptcies in January 2019 than in the previous month. In the last three months of 2018, the number of bankruptcies increased.

Number of bankruptcies of businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses), adjusted for court sessions days
YearMonthnumber of bankrupties
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
2018September225
2018October265
2018November278
2018December330
19January283

Trend unclear

Adjusted for court session days, the number of bankruptcies peaked in May 2013. This was followed by a downward trend until September 2017. Subsequently, the number of bankruptcies showed an irregular pattern with many ups and downs. The number of bankruptcies reached the lowest level of this century in September 2018. However, the number then increased for three consecutive months, but in January the number decreased. The short-term trend is unclear.

Most bankruptcies recorded in trade sector

If the number of court session days is not taken into account, 271 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt in January 2019. With a total of 59, the trade sector suffered most.

Trade is among the sectors with the highest number of businesses. In January, the number of bankruptcies was relatively highest in the sector accommodation and food services.

Number of bankruptcies of businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) by sector, January 2019
sectornumber
Trade59
Financial services34
Specialised business services28
Renting, other business services24
Accommodation and food services23
Construction20
Manufacturing19
Transport, storage14
Information & communication14
Care12
Culture, sports, recreation6
Real estate activities5

Figures published in this news release are provisional and subject to revisions.

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