Number of bankruptcies hardly changed

The number of corporate bankruptcies has hardly changed, according to Statistics Netherlands (CBS). There were 4 fewer bankruptcies in September 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 bankruptcies
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
2019May261
2019June268
2019July271
2019August258
2019September254
 

Trend fairly 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, 240 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt in September 2019. With a total of 61, the trade sector suffered most. 

Trade is among the sectors with the highest number of businesses. In September, the number of bankruptcies was relatively highest in the sectors accommodation and food services, construction and transport and storage.

Number of bankruptcies of businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) by sector, September 2019
sectornumber
Trade61
Construction28
Specialised business services25
Manufacturing24
Renting, other business services20
Financial services16
Care14
Accommodation and food services13
Transport, storage13
Information & communication10
Culture, sports, recreation4
Real estate activities3

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

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