Number of bankruptcies hardly changed

The number of corporate bankruptcies has hardly changed, according to Statistics Netherlands (CBS). There were 3 more bankruptcies in February 2020 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
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
2019January286
2019February254
2019March277
2019April281
2019May264
2019June271
2019July274
2019August261
2019September257
2019October253
2019November288
2019December243
2020January268
2020February271
 

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, 257 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt in February 2020. With a total of 49, 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 2020
 Number
Trade49
Transport, storage45
Financial services33
Specialised business services24
Construction22
Manufacturing20
Renting, other business services19
Accommodation and food services15
Information & communication7
Care7
Culture, sports, recreation6
Real estate activities3
Agriculture1

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

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