Number of bankruptcies virtually unchanged in August

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The number of corporate bankruptcies, adjusted for court session days, has hardly changed. There was 1 more bankruptcy in August than in the previous month, according to Statistics Netherlands (CBS). The number of pronounced bankruptcies is low compared to the period before the outbreak of the coronavirus crisis.

Number of bankruptcies of businesses and institutions (including sole proprietorships) adjusted for court sessions days
YearWeekNumber of bankruptcies
2018September277
2018October285
2018November311
2018December387
2019January345
2019February322
2019March321
2019April328
2019May312
2019June304
2019July312
2019August303
2019September316
2019October290
2019November342
2019December297
2020January311
2020February333
2020March280
2020April382
2020May406
2020June257
2020July227
2020August195
2020September212
2020October190
2020November210
2020December174
2021January172
2021February143
2021March165
2021April193
2021May163
2021June139
2021July125
2021August109
2021September141
2021October126
2021November183
2021December159
2022January138
2022February183
2022March164
2022April118
2022May187
2022June163
2022July146
2022August147

Number of bankruptcies 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 (911); it subsequently declined continuously until August 2017 inclusive, after which it remained fairly stable until mid-2020. It then followed a downward trend again, reaching its lowest level since the start of the time series (January 1981) in August 2021. In August 2022 as well, the number of bankruptcies was low compared to the period before the outbreak of coronavirus.

Most bankruptcies recorded in trade

If the number of court session days is not taken into account, in August a total of 170 businesses and institutions were declared bankrupt. The trade sector suffered most with 46 bankruptcies; this is 24 more compared to July.

The trade sector is one of the sectors with the largest number of businesses. In August, relatively the highest number of bankruptcies was pronounced in manufacturing.

Number of bankruptcies of businesses and institutions (including sole proprietorships) by sector
SectorAugust 2022July 2022
Trade4622
Construction3427
Financial services1712
Manufacturing1512
Specialised business services1419
Accommodation and food services108
Renting and other business services103
Other service activities84
Transportation and storage513
Care56
Real estate activities20
Agriculture, forestry and fisheries11
Information and communication19
Arts, sports and recreation12
Education01