Fewer bankruptcies in February

The number of corporate bankruptcies has decreased, according to Statistics Netherlands (CBS). There were 32 fewer bankruptcies in February 2019 than in the previous month. In January, the number of bankruptcies decreased by 45.

Number of bankruptcies of businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses), adjusted for court sessions days
 number of bankrupties
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 January273
2018 February232
2018 March266
2018 April266
2018 May259
2018 June248
2018 July251
2018 August257
2018 September224
2018 October264
2018 November277
2018 December328
2019 January283
2019 February251

Trend relatively stable in recent years

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 trend has been relatively stable. 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 and in February the number decreased again.

Most bankruptcies recorded in trade sector

If the number of court session days is not taken into account, 237 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt in February 2019. With a total of 54, the trade sector suffered most.

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

Number of bankruptcies of businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) by sector, February 2019
Financial services37
Specialised business services34
Transport, storage12
Information & communication10
Renting, other business services9
Accommodation and food services9
Culture, sports, recreation3
Real estate activities3

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

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