Slightly more bankruptcies in May
|Year||Week||Number of bankruptcies|
Number of bankruptcies at low level
The number of corporate bankruptcies (excluding sole proprietorships), adjusted for court session days, fluctuates significantly. Ups and downs alternate in rapid succession. The number of bankruptcies peaked in May 2013 (816); it subsequently declined continuously until August 2017 inclusive and then became fairly stable up until mid-2020. The trend has been downward again since then. In February 2021, the number of bankruptcies (on a monthly basis) reached its lowest level since January 1991. In the months after February, it remained at a historically low level.
Most bankruptcies recorded in trade
If the number of court session days is not taken into account, 123 businesses and institutions (excluding sole proprietorships) were declared bankrupt in May. With a total of 28 (9 more than in April), 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 transportation and storage sector.
|Sector||May 2021||April 2021|
|Transportation and storage||14||8|
|Specialised business services||9||21|
|Renting and other business services||8||10|
|Information and communication||7||8|
|Accommodation and food services||5||11|
|Real estate activities||3||2|
|Arts, sports and recreation||2||1|
|Other service activities||2||1|
|Agriculture, forestry and fisheries||1||1|
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