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
YearMonthnumber of bankrupties
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
2018January273
2018February232
2018March266
2018April266
2018May259
2018June248
2018July251
2018August257
2018September224
2018October264
2018November277
2018December328
2019January283
2019February251

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
sectornumber
Trade54
Financial services37
Specialised business services34
Construction23
Manufacturing15
Care14
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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