Fewer bankruptcies in May

The number of corporate bankruptcies has decreased, according to Statistics Netherlands (CBS). There were 19 fewer bankruptcies in May 2019 than in the previous month. The trend has been relatively stable in recent years.

Number of bankruptcies of businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses), adjusted for court sessions days
YearMonthnumber of bankrupties
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
2019March274
2019April278
2019May259

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, after which ups and downs alternated.

Most bankruptcies recorded in trade sector

If the number of court session days is not taken into account, 247 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt in May 2019. With a total of 52, the trade sector suffered most.

Trade is among the sectors with the highest number of businesses. In May, 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, May 2019
sectornumber
Trade52
Specialised business services41
Financial services30
Construction22
Renting, other business services18
Manufacturing17
Accommodation and food services16
Transport, storage14
Care10
Information & communication9
Culture, sports, recreation8
Real estate activities0

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

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