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
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
September225
October265
November278
December330
January283

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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