Fewer bankruptcies in January

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Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that, adjusted for the number of court session days, there were 24 fewer bankruptcies in January 2024 than in December 2023. This is a decrease of 6 percent. However, there has been an upward trend in the number of bankruptcies for nearly two years. In January 2024, over 60 percent more businesses were declared bankrupt than one year previously. This is an increase of 138 businesses.

Number of bankruptcies of businesses and institutions (including sole proprietorships) adjusted for court sessions days
YearWeekNumber of bankruptcies
2020February333
2020March280
2020April382
2020May406
2020June257
2020July227
2020August195
2020September212
2020October190
2020November210
2020December174
2021January172
2021February143
2021March165
2021April193
2021May163
2021June139
2021July125
2021August109
2021September141
2021October126
2021November183
2021December159
2022January139
2022February182
2022March166
2022April119
2022May189
2022June164
2022July148
2022August148
2022September174
2022October219
2022November228
2022December269
2023January228
2023February277
2023March212
2023April239
2023May255
2023June302
2023July257
2023August268
2023September296
2023October292
2023November299
2023December390
2024January366

Number of bankruptcies rising

The number of corporate bankruptcies (adjusted for court session days) fluctuates substantially, with rapidly alternating ups and downs. The number peaked in May 2013 (911). It subsequently continued to decline until August 2017 inclusive, after which it remained fairly stable until mid-2020. It then followed a downward trend again, reaching a record low of 109 in August 2021. Since May 2022, the number of bankruptcies has continuously been higher than one year previously.

Most bankruptcies recorded in trade

If the number of court session days is not taken into account, a total of 419 businesses and institutions (including sole proprietorships) were declared bankrupt in January. The trade sector had the highest number of bankruptcies, at 79. This is 10 percent fewer than in December.

Trade is among the sectors with the largest number of businesses. In January, relatively the largest number of bankruptcies were declared in the accommodation and food services sector.

Number of bankruptcies of businesses and institutions (including sole proprietorships) by sector
SectorJanuary 2024December 2023
Trade7988
Construction6835
Specialised business services4636
Accommodation and food services4113
Financial services3837
Manufacturing329
Transportation and storage3019
Renting and other business services1912
Information and communication1212
Care118
Agriculture, forestry and fisheries91
Real estate activities810
Education72
Other service activities76
Arts, sports and recreation66