Slightly more bankruptcies in April

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Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that, adjusted for the number of court session days, there were 20 more bankruptcies in April 2024 than in March. That was an increase of 6 percent. In the first four months of 2024, approximately 47 percent more businesses were declared bankrupt than one year previously.

Number of bankruptcies of businesses and institutions (including sole proprietorships) adjusted for court sessions days
YearWeekNumber of bankruptcies
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
2023January225
2023February274
2023March210
2023April236
2023May252
2023June298
2023July254
2023August265
2023September293
2023October285
2023November295
2023December385
2024January366
2024February340
2024March333
2024April353

Number of bankruptcies rising

The number of corporate bankruptcies adjusted for court session days fluctuates significantly. The number peaked at 911 in May 2013. It subsequently continued to decline until August 2017, after which it remained fairly stable until mid-2020. It then declined once again, reaching a record low of 109 in August 2021. Since May 2022, the number of bankruptcies has been consistently higher year on year.

Most bankruptcies recorded in the trade sector

If the number of court session days is not taken into account, a total of 402 businesses and institutions (including sole proprietorships) were declared bankrupt in April. The trade sector had the highest number of bankruptcies at 72, up 24 percent from March.

The trade sector is one of the sectors with the largest number of businesses. In relative terms, the most bankruptcies in April were declared in the transport and storage sector.

Number of bankruptcies of businesses and institutions (including sole proprietorships) by sector
SectorApril 2024March 2024
Trade7258
Construction6236
Specialised business services5255
Financial services3926
Transportation and storage3828
Accommodation and food services2826
Manufacturing2718
Information and communication2012
Renting and other business services2022
Care2016
Real estate activities70
Other service activities74
Arts, sports and recreation34
Education25
Agriculture, forestry and fisheries02