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
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
2018January273
February232
March266
April266
May259
June248
July251
August257
September224
October264
November277
December328
2019January283
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
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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