Historically low number of bankruptcies in April

© CBS / Nikki van Toorn
The number of corporate bankruptcies, adjusted for court session days, has decreased. There were 71 fewer bankruptcies in April than in the previous month, according to Statistics Netherlands (CBS). The number of pronounced bankruptcies reached its lowest level since the start of the statistic in 1981.

Number of bankruptcies of businesses and institutions (including sole proprietorships) adjusted for court sessions days
YearWeekNumber of bankruptcies
2018May297
2018June286
2018July280
2018August306
2018September275
2018October292
2018November314
2018December364
2019January346
2019February322
2019March323
2019April328
2019May312
2019June302
2019July316
2019August306
2019September316
2019October292
2019November338
2019December291
2020January317
2020February344
2020March294
2020April384
2020May322
2020June262
2020July238
2020August203
2020September218
2020October196
2020November217
2020December182
2021January171
2021February147
2021March172
2021April156
2021May164
2021June144
2021July128
2021August113
2021September143
2021October128
2021November189
2021December163
2022January125
2022February166
2022March180
2022April109

Number of bankruptcies historically low

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 April 2022, the number of bankruptcies (on a monthly basis) reached its lowest level since the start of the time series in January 1981.

Most bankruptcies recorded in trade

If the number of court session days is not taken into account, 109 businesses and institutions (excluding sole proprietorships) were declared bankrupt in April. With a total of 25, the trade sector suffered most. This is 9 fewer compared to March.

Trade is a sector with one of the largest numbers of businesses. In April, the number of bankruptcies was relatively highest in manufacturing.

Number of bankruptcies of businesses and institutions (including sole proprietorships) by sector
SectorApril 2022March 2022
Trade2534
Construction1833
Manufacturing1112
Financial services1018
Specialised business services97
Transportation and storage811
Renting and other business services624
Accommodation and food services59
Care520
Real estate activities34
Other service activities21
Agriculture, forestry and fisheries12
Information and communication15
Education14
Arts, sports and recreation02

From 13 May 2022 onwards, CBS will report on the bankruptcies of all businesses and institutions, including sole proprietorships, in this news release. Previously, bankruptcies were published excluding sole proprietorships.