Historically low number of bankruptcies in April
|Year||Week||Number of bankruptcies|
Number of bankruptcies historically low
The number of corporate bankruptcies, 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 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.
|Sector||April 2022||March 2022|
|Specialised business services||9||7|
|Transportation and storage||8||11|
|Renting and other business services||6||24|
|Accommodation and food services||5||9|
|Real estate activities||3||4|
|Other service activities||2||1|
|Agriculture, forestry and fisheries||1||2|
|Information and communication||1||5|
|Arts, sports and recreation||0||2|
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.
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