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The role of different types of enterprises (SME, large enterprises) in the Dutch economy, 2012, method and results.

At the start of Q3 2018, staff shortages in the non-financial private sector had increased according to the business confidence indicator. This formed an impediment to business operations across various sector, most notably the construction sector.

In 2016, sales of cosmetics and perfumes amounted to 3.3 billion euros in the Netherlands. This was still 2.9 billion euros in 2012.

The number of corporate bankruptcies has increased slightly in July

Dutch manufacturers were again less confident.

In Q1 2018, Dutch consumers spent around 400 million euros (excl. VAT) on products sold by foreign EU webshops.

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CBS reports that the volume of investments in tangible fixed assets was 11. 1 percent up in April.

National statistical institutes should adopt formal quality certification, e.g. ISO or EFQM.

The number of corporate bankruptcies has decreased in June 2018

Dutch manufacturers were less confident in June 2018.

In the period 2014-2016, six percent of companies employing more than 50 people moved some of their business operations abroad.

CBS reports that the volume of investments in tangible fixed assets was 11. 1 percent up in April.

The number of corporate bankruptcies has decreased in May 2018

Confidence among Dutch manufacturers stood at 9.8 in May, up from 8.2 in April.

CBS reports that the volume of investments in tangible fixed assets was 4.9 percent up in March.

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The number of bankruptcies was the same in April 2018 as in the preceding month.

Confidence among Dutch manufacturers stood at 8.2 in April.

CBS reports that the volume of investments in tangible fixed assets was 2.3 percent up in February.

There were 34 more bankruptcies in March 2018 than in the previous month. In February, the number of bankruptcies fell by 42. Most bankruptcies in March were recorded in the trade sector.

Confidence among Dutch manufacturers stood at 9.5 in March.

CBS reports that the volume of investments in tangible fixed assets was 12.1 percent up in January.

The number of corporate bankruptcies has decreased to the lowest level of the century.

Never before were manufacturers so optimistic.

CBS reports that the volume of investments in tangible fixed assets was 0.2 percent down in December.

The Dutch business confidence index is at a record high.

The number of bankruptcies increased by 5 in January.

In 2017 there were 73 thousand more enterprise births than deaths, the highest number since 2009.

Never before were manufacturers so optimistic.

Investments were up by almost 9 percent in November 2017 compared to November 2016.

The number of bankruptcies in 2017 was 3,290. This is the lowest annual figure since 2001.

Confidence among Dutch manufacturers stood at 8.9 in December.

The volume of investments in tangible fixed assets was 8.3 percent up in October 2017.

Foreign-owned multinationals and their suppliers created around 1.4 m full-time jobs in 2014.

There were 8 fewer bankruptcies in November than in October 2017.

Confidence among Dutch manufacturers stood at 9.1 in November.

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The volume of investments in tangible fixed assets was 4.7 percent up in September 2017.

Dutch entrepreneurs expect an increase in turnover, employment and investments for 2018.

The number of corporate bankruptcies has increase in October.

Confidence among Dutch manufacturers stood at 8.2 in October, down from from 8.5 in September.

R&D expenditure in the Netherlands in 2016

An outline of developments in the nine Dutch top sectors.

The volume of investments in tangible fixed assets was 8.4 percent up in August 2017.

The number of corporate bankruptcies has increased slightly.

Over 20 percent of businesses had to deal with the consequences of cyber attacks in 2016.

The volume of investments in tangible fixed assets was 9.3 percent up in July 2017.

An assessment of the contribution of the Dutch public export credit insurance facility to Dutch GDP and employment

The number of bankruptcies reached its lowest level in this century.

Confidence among Dutch manufacturers stood at 5.4 in August, down from 6.6 in July.

The volume of investments in tangible fixed assets was 0.3 percent down in June 2017.

At the beginning of Q3, more and more enterprises are suffering from a shortage of staff.

There were 34 fewer bankruptcies in July than in June 2017.

The average daily output generated by the Dutch manufacturing industry was 3.3 percent up in June 2017.

Confidence among Dutch manufacturers stood at 6.6 in July, down from 7.2 in June.

The volume of investments in tangible fixed assets was almost 17 percent up in May 2017.

The average daily output generated by the Dutch manufacturing industry was 3.9 percent up in May 2017.

The number of corporate bankruptcies has risen. In June 2017, it was 12 up from May.

International trade in services is dominated by a small group of traders.

Confidence among Dutch manufacturers stood at 7.2 in June, up from 6.1 in May.

In the period 2011-2015, the Dutch ICT sector showed stronger growth than the overall economy.

The volume of investments in tangible fixed assets was 1.4 percent down in April 2017.

The number of beer breweries in the Netherlands has more than quadrupled.

The number of corporate bankruptcies has risen.

The number of cheese shops has risen by over one-quarter over the past ten years.

Confidence among Dutch manufacturers stood at 6.1 in May, down from 8.3 in April.

The Dutch private sector spent nearly 7.7 billion euros on R&D in 2015.

The volume of investments in tangible fixed assets was 12.3 percent up in March 2017.

Business confidence in the Netherlands in Q2 2017

The number of bankruptcies is at its lowest since December 2007 in April.

Confidence among Dutch manufacturers stood at 8.3 in April, up from 7.8 in March.

The volume of investments in tangible fixed assets was 3.4 percent up in February 2017.

According to Statistics Netherlands (CBS), the number of company bankruptcies has risen marginally.

The average daily output generated by the Dutch manufacturing industry was 5 percent up in February 2017.

Confidence among Dutch manufacturers stood at 7.8 in March. They are especially more positive about their future output.

Investments up in January.

The average daily output generated by the Dutch manufacturing industry was 1.5 percent up in January 2017.

Fewer bankruptcies in February.

Confidence among manufacturers improves further.

Investments down in December

Slightly fewer bankruptcies in January.

The average daily output generated by the Dutch manufacturing industry was 4.7 percent up.

Dutch producer confidence increased from 4.7 in December to 6.0 in January.

The volume of investments in tangible fixed assets grew by 0.8 percent in November 2016.

In 2016 lowest number of bankruptcies in 8 years.

The average daily output generated by the Dutch manufacturing industry was 2.9 percent up in November 2016.

Growing confidence among manufacturers

Growth rate investments slows down

The average daily output generated by the Dutch manufacturing industry was 0.6 percent up in October 2016 from October.

The number of bankruptcies rose substantially in November. Most were filed in the financial services sector.

Subsidiaries with a US parent company account for some 12 percent of total private sector turnover in the Netherlands.

Investment spending manufacturing industry expected to rise in 2017

Producer confidence less positive

Business confidence remains high into the fourth quarter of 2016.

Further growth investments

Number of bankruptcies remains stable

Producer confidence continues to grow

Further growth investments

More than 50 duizend businesses in the Netherlands rely on the internet for their revenues.

In 2014 the total value of services exported by the top sector Transport and storage exceeded 22 bn euros.

The Dutch producer confidence indicator stood at 3.4 in September, up from 1.2 in August.

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Steady growth investments

Lowest number of bankruptcies in 8 years

Confidence among Dutch manufacturers has fallen considerably.

Further growth investments

Business confidence in Q3 2016

The number of bankruptcies decreased by 16 in July 2016 relative to June.

The average daily output generated by Dutch manufacturing industry was 1.6 percent up in June.

Dutch manufacturers remain positive

The volume of investments in tangible fixed assets grew by 4.4 percent in May 2016 relative to the same month last year.

More bankruptcies

Dutch producer confidence improving

Higher investments, mainly in residential property

A growing number of retailers sell online in the Netherlands.

19 thousand Dutch companies implemented technological innovations in the period 2012-2014.

Downward trend bankruptcies continues

Optimism among Dutch manufacturers continues

Turnover and employment at foreign-controlled companies in the Netherlands are growing relatively fast.

Growth investments slows down

At the beginning of Q2, the mood across the Dutch private sector remains largely positive.

Again fewer bankruptcies

Confidence among Dutch manufacturers improved further, reaching the highest level in 5 years.

According to Statistics Netherlands (CBS), confidence among Dutch manufacturers improved in March.

The average daily output generated by Dutch manufacturing industry in January 2016 was 2.8 percent up from the same month last year. This is mainly due to considerable production growth in the electrical appliances and pharmaceutical industries.

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the number of bankruptcies increased by 82 in February 2016 relative to January 2015. Over the past six months the number of bankruptcies has increased almost continuously. Most bankruptcies were filed in the trade sector.

According to Statistics Netherlands (CBS), confidence among Dutch manufacturers hardly changed in February. The producer confidence indicator fell from 3.2 in January to 3.1 in February. Manufacturers in the wood and construction industry are most optimistic.

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the volume of investments in tangible fixed assets grew by 19.3 percent in December 2015 on an annual basis. The increase is more substantial than in November. This is mainly due to the boost in car sales.

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that - after four months of increase - the number of bankruptcies fell by 27 in January 2016 relative to December 2015. Most bankruptcies were filed in the trade sector.

One in six new firms started up in the Netherlands in 2014 were owned by persons with at least one non-Dutch nationality.

According to Statistics Netherlands (CBS), confidence among Dutch manufacturers improved slightly in January. They were considerably more positive about their stocks of finished products and their order books. The producer confidence indicator rose from 3.0 in December to 3.2 in January. Manufacturers in the wood and construction industry are most optimistic.

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that, year-on-year, the volume of investments in tangible fixed assets grew by 13.1 percent in November 2015. The increase is more substantial than in October. Investments in residential property and passenger cars grew most rapidly.

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the number of bankruptcies rose by 5 in December 2015 relative to November. In the previous three months, the number of bankruptcies also increased. In 2015, a total of 5,266 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were faced with bankruptcy, i.e. a reduction by more than one-fifth relative to 2014 and the lowest level in 7 years.

According to Statistics Netherlands (CBS), confidence among Dutch manufacturers deteriorated in December. They were less positive, in particular about their future output. The producer confidence indicator fell from 4 in November to 3 in December. The decline is largely due to the (basic) metal industry. Manufacturers of food, beverages and tobacco products were most optimistic.

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the volume of investments in tangible fixed assets grew by 3.9 percent in October 2015 relative to October 2014. The increase is less substantial than in the previous month. The slowdown is caused by lower investments in residential property and infrastructural projects.

According to Statistics Netherlands (CBS), the average daily output generated by Dutch manufacturing industry was up by 2.1 percent in October 2015 from the same month last year. This is mainly due to production growth in the electrical and chemical industry.

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the number of bankruptcies rose by 1 in November 2015 relative to October. Most bankruptcies were filed in the trade sector.

According to Statistics Netherlands (CBS), confidence among Dutch manufacturers improved in November relative to October. The producer confidence indicator rose from 2.4. in October to 4.0 in November. Producers’ opinions about future output have improved most noticeably.

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) announced that the volume of investments in tangible fixed assets grew by 12.1 percent in September 2015 relative to September 2014. The increase is again mainly due to considerably higher investments in residential property.

Dutch companies have a positive outlook for 2016. For the first time in five years, there are more companies expecting an increase in vacancies rather than reduction. In spite of a slight decline, business confidence remains positive in the fourth quarter.

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that, adjusted for court session days, the number of bankruptcies rose by 47 in October 2015 relative to September. The number of bankruptcies increased notably in the sectors construction and hotels and restaurants.

In 2014, Dutch companies and research institutes spent over 13 billion euros on research and development (R&D), up 3 percent from 2013. The number of companies innovating has increased in recent years.

According to Statistics Netherlands (CBS), confidence among Dutch manufacturers deteriorated in October compared to September. The producer confidence indicator fell from 3.8 in September to 2.4 in October. This is mainly because Dutch manufacturers are less positive about their order books and stocks of finished products.

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) announced that the volume of investments in tangible fixed assets grew by 13.2 percent in August 2015 relative to August 2014. The increase is mainly due to considerably higher investments in residential property and infrastructural projects.

According to Statistics Netherlands (CBS), the average daily output generated by Dutch manufacturing industry was down by 0.6 percent in August 2015 from the same month last year. This is mainly due to the production decline in machinery manufacturing.

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that, adjusted for court session days, the number of bankruptcies, declined by 7 in September 2015 relative to August, thus reaching the lowest level since October 2008. The downward trend in bankruptcies continues.

According to Statistics Netherlands, the mood among Dutch manufacturers in September has improved slightly compared to August. The producer confidence indicator has risen from 3.5 in August to 3.8 in September.

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) announced today that the volume of investments in tangible fixed assets in July 2015 grew by 10 percent on July 2014. This increase is mainly due to considerably higher investments in residential property and passenger cars.

According to Statistics Netherlands (CBS), the average daily output generated by Dutch manufacturing industry was up by 0.6 percent in July 2015 from the same month last year. The increase is smaller than in the previous two months.

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the number of bankruptcies, adjusted for the number of court session days, declined by 113 in August 2015 from July. The number of bankruptcies is at its lowest level since October 2008.

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) announced today that the volume of investment in tangible fixed assets was 22.2 percent up in June 2015 from June 2014.

At the start of Q3, business confidence has increased relative to one quarter previously. After a dip in Q2 2013, business confidence reached the highest level since Q3 2011.

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the number of bankruptcies, adjusted for the number of court session days, was approximately the same in July 2015 as in June.

According to Statistics Netherlands (CBS), the average daily output generated by Dutch manufacturing industry was 3.6 percent up in June 2015 from the same month last year. For the fourth month in a row, manufacturing output was higher than in the same month one year previously.

The confidence among Dutch manufacturers fell slightly, but the mood remains optimistic. Statistics Netherlands reported today that optimism has prevailed among Dutch manufacturers since October 2014.

Statistics Netherlands announced today that the volume of investment in tangible fixed assets was 6.7 percent higher in May 2015 than in May 2014.

According to Statistics Netherlands, the average daily output generated by Dutch manufacturing industry was 2.0 percent up in May 2015 from the same month last year. In April, output was 0.7 percent higher than in April 2014.

According to Statistics Netherlands, the number of bankruptcies of businesses and institutions corrected for the number of court session days in June 2015 was down 35 from May.

The mood among Dutch manufacturers has improved further according to Statistics Netherlands. The producer confidence indicator has risen from 4.1 in May to 4.6 in June, the highest level in more than four years.

According to Statistics Netherlands, the average daily output generated by Dutch manufacturing industry in April 2015 was 0.9 percent up from April 2014.

According to Statistics Netherlands, 370 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt in May this year, i.e. 84 down from the preceding month.

The mood among Dutch manufacturers has improved further according to Statistics Netherlands. The producer confidence indicator has risen from 3.3 in April to 4.1 in May, the highest level in more than four years

At the beginning of the second quarter, business confidence in the Dutch private sector is at the same level as in the first quarter. Over the past six quarters, the mood has been positive.

Statistics Netherlands announced today that the volume of investment in tangible fixed assets was 14.3 percent higher in March 2015 than in March 2014.

According to Statistics Netherlands, the average daily output generated by Dutch manufacturing industry was 1.6 percent higher in March 2015 than in March 2014. This is the first increase after five months of decline.

According to Statistics Netherlands, 446 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt in April this year, i.e. 198 less than in the preceding month.

The mood among Dutch manufacturers has improved substantially in April 2015 according to Statistics Netherlands. The producer confidence indicator increased from 1.4 in March to 3.3 in April.

Statistics Netherlands announced today that the volume of investments in tangible fixed assets was 2.2 percent higher in February 2015 than in February 2014.

The number of registered businesses in the Netherlands increased by just over 65 thousand in 2014. In the first quarter of 2015 it rose by nearly 12 thousand. This means there are now a record number of nearly 1.5 million companies in the Netherlands. The main cause of the increase is a rise in the number of one-man businesses

According to Statistics Netherlands, 614 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt in March this year, i.e. 134 more than in the preceding month.

In February 2015, selling prices of products manufactured in the Netherlands were 8.8 percent down from February 2014. In January 2015, prices were 10.6 percent down from twelve months previously.

The mood among Dutch manufacturers deteriorated in March 2015. The producer confidence indicator decreased from 2.0 in February to 1.4 in March. Statistics Netherlands announced today that this was the third month in a row that producer confidence decreased.

Statistics Netherlands announced today that the volume of investment in tangible fixed assets was 5.1 percent higher in January 2015 than in January 2014. The increase is mainly caused by higher investments in road transport and residential property.

According to Statistics Netherlands, 470 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt in February this year, i.e. 7 down from the preceding month.

Statistics Netherlands announced today that the volume of investment in tangible fixed assets was 2.8 percent lower in December 2014 than in December 2013. The decrease is mainly caused by lower investments in road transport.

According to Statistics Netherlands, 464 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt in January, 56 fewer than in December 2014. The decrease was caused by the fact that January had one court session day less than December, 4 against 5.

Statistics Netherlands announced today that the volume of investment in tangible fixed assets was 0.4 percent lower in November 2014 than in November 2013. The modest decrease is mainly caused by lower investments in cars, infrastructural projects and computers.

According to Statistics Netherlands, 520 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt in December 2014, i.e. 32 more than in November. The increase was caused by the fact that December had one court session day more than November.

In June 2014, 28 percent of companies in the Netherlands used IT services via the internet (cloud services). These are paid services such as software, computing, and storage capacity via the internet, i.e. not present on servers or computers operated by the companies themselves.

The volume of investment in tangible fixed assets was 5.0 percent higher in October 2014 than in October 2013. Investment in dwellings, infrastructure and in machinery and installations were the main contributors to October’s growth.

According to Statistics Netherlands, 487 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt in November 2014, 50 fewer than in October.

Manufacturers anticipate to invest 15 percent more in 2015. They are much more optimistic about the investment climate than in 2014.

Manufacturers’ stocks of finished products were 6.0 percent up in September 2014 from September 2013. Over the past six months, manufacturing stocks have been larger than twelve months previously, but the increase in September is smaller than in the previous months.

The volume of investments in tangible fixed assets was 3.2 percent higher in September 2014 than in September 2013.

At the beginning of the fourth quarter, business confidence, the indicator reflecting the mood in the Dutch private sector was higher than in the third quarter.

In the first half of 2014, fewer one-man businesses were closed down. In the preceding three years, the number of close-downs had risen continually.

According to Statistics Netherlands, 534 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt in October 2014. The number of bankruptcies was about the same as in September, despite the fact that October had one court session day less than September.

According to Statistics Netherlands, 524 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt in September 2014, 59 more than in the preceding month. The increase was caused by the fact that September had one court session day more than August.

According to Statistics Netherlands, the average daily output generated by the Dutch manufacturing industry was 1.4 percent up in August 2014 from August 2013. The electrical products and machinery sector accounted for main part of the increase.

The mood of the Dutch private sector concerning developments on the job market has deteriorated in the past few months. In September, pessimists just constituted the majority, after five months of cautious optimism.

The mood among Dutch manufacturers deteriorated marginally in September. Statistics Netherlands announced today that the producer confidence indicator fell from 0.0 in August to - 0.2 in September.

The mood of the Dutch private sector concerning developments on the job market has deteriorated in the past few months. In August, optimists and pessimists balanced each other out, after four months of cautious optimism.

According to Statistics Netherlands, 463 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt in August 2014, i.e. 168 down from the preceding month. The decrease is largely due to the fact that August had one court session day less than July.

According to Statistics Netherlands, the average daily output generated by Dutch manufacturing industry was 0.7 percent up in July 2014 from July 2013. In June, output declined by 1.3 percent after eight consecutive months of growth.

The mood among Dutch manufacturers deteriorated in August. Statistics Netherlands announced today that the producer confidence indicator fell from 1.2 in July to 0 in August. The lower confidence level is mainly due to the fact that producers tend to be more negative about their order positions.

According to Statistics Netherlands, manufacturers’ stocks of finished products were 3.7 percent up in June 2014 from June 2013. Stocks in manufacturing industry have been larger than twelve months previously for three consecutive months now.

At the beginning of the third quarter, business confidence in the Netherlands is decreasing marginally, but - for the third quarter in a row - the mood remains positive.

The volume of investments in tangible fixed assets was 4.3 percent down in June 2014 from June 2013. According to Statistics Netherlands, investments in residential and non-residential property and infrastructural projects declined considerably, but investments in cars and computers were still growing in June.

The Dutch private sector is cautiously optimistic about developments on the job market. The vacancy-indicator was +0.02 in July 2014, versus +0.05 in June.

According to Statistics Netherlands, 621 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt in July 2014, i.e. nearly 160 more than in the preceding month.

The average daily output generated by Dutch manufacturing industry was 1.3 percent down in June 2014 from June 2013. Prior to the decrease, output had been up from twelve months previously for eight months in a row.

The mood among Dutch manufacturers lifted in July. Statistics Netherlands announced today the producer confidence indicator climbed to 1.2, the highest level since July 2011.

According to Statistics Netherlands, manufacturers’ stocks of finished products were 1.7 percent up in May 2014 from May 2013. In April, stocks of finished products were 0.7 percent higher than one year previously.

The volume of investments in tangible fixed assets was 0.5 percent up in May 2014 from May 2013. The growth of private and public sector investments continues, but has slowed down compared to the preceding months.

According to Statistics Netherlands, 464 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt in June 2013, i.e. 88 fewer than in May 2014 and the lowest number in three years.

More and more companies in the Netherlands are using social media. They use them to communicate with customers and partners, but also for purposes of corporate presence. Within the European Union, companies in the Netherlands are the most active on Twitter.

The mood among Dutch manufacturers did not change in May relative to June. The producer confidence indicator remained stable at 0.7. Manufacturers have been cautiously optimistic over the past four months.

Manufacturers’ stocks of finished products were 0,9 percent up in April 2014 from April 2013. In the preceding four months, stocks of finished products had been lower than one year previously, but the difference with the same month in the previous year had become smaller every month.

The mood among Dutch manufacturers improved marginally in May relative to April. Currently, manufacturers are cautiously optimistic.

The volume of private sector investments in tangible fixed assets was 5.8 percent up in April 2014 from April 2013. According to Statistics Netherlands, investments continue to grow.

In May this year, 551 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt, i.e. 165 fewer than in April 2014. The drop in the number of bankruptcies is partly due to the extra day courts were in session in April.

Manufacturers’ stocks of finished products were 0,1 percent down in March 2014 from twelve months previously. In February, stocks of finished products declined by 1.6 percent.

The volume of private sector investments in tangible fixed assets was 4.3 percent up in March 2014 from March 2013. The growth was more substantial than in the preceding two months.

In April this year, 700 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt, i.e. 174 up from March 2014.

Statistics Netherlands’ spring survey shows that manufacturers expect to invest 9 percent more this year than in 2013.

Manufacturers’ stocks of finished products were 1.4 percent down in February 2014 from twelve months previously. In January, stocks of finished products were 1.6 percent down from January 2013.

The mood among Dutch manufacturers deteriorated marginally in April. The producer confidence indicator fell to 0.3. The indicator was 1.1 in March, the highest level since the summer of 2011.

The volume of private sector investments in tangible fixed assets was 9.2 percent up in February 2014 from February 2013. The growth was more substantial than in January when investments were 7.6 percent up from the same month in 2013.

In March this year, 521 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt, i.e. nearly 100 down from February 2014. The number of bankruptcies was reduced by more than one quarter relative to March 2013.

Last year, 172 thousand businesses were started up and a record number of more than 129 thousand were closed down. They were mostly one-man businesses. Among the start-ups were many management consultancies and web shops.

Manufacturers’ stocks of finished products were 1.5 percent down in January 2014 from twelve months previously. In December 2013, stocks of finished products were 2.2 percent down from December 2012.

The volume of private sector investment in tangible fixed assets was 6.7 percent up in January 2014 from January 2013. This is mainly due to higher investment in machinery and residential and non-residential property.

In February this year, 606 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt, i.e. 11 more than in January.

During the last months of 2013, manufacturers’ stocks of finished products were higher than twelve months previously. In December 2013, stocks of finished products were 0.6 percent up from December 2012.

he volume of private sector investments in tangible fixed assets was 19.3 percent up in December 2013 from December 2012. This is mainly due to higher investments in passenger cars, machinery and residential and non-residential property.

In January 2014, 589 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt, i.e. 6 fewer than in December 2013.

The mood among Dutch manufacturers improved further in January. The producer confidence indicator climbed from 0.1 in December to 0.7 in January. After a period of two and a half years in which pessimism prevailed, manufacturers are now cautiously optimistic.

Manufacturers’ stocks of finished products were 0.3 percent up in November 2013 from November 2012. In October, stocks of finished products were 4.5 percent up from the same month one year previously.

Last year, 12,306 bankruptcies were filed; 10 percent more than in 2012. This is the highest number since bankruptcies were first tracked in 1951, but the increase was smaller in the latter half of 2013 than in the first half, as the latest figures released by Statistics Netherlands show.

In December last year, 595 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt, i.e. 13 more than in November.

The volume of private sector investments in tangible fixed assets was 2.6 percent up in November 2013 from November 2012. For the second month in a row, private sector investments were higher than one year previously.

Manufacturers’ stocks of finished products were 4.4 percent up in October 2013 from October 2012. In the preceding months, stocks of finished products had been smaller than in the same month one year previously.

The mood among Dutch manufacturers improved marginally. The producer confidence indicator stood at –0.1 in December, versus –0.4 in November.

The volume of private sector investments in tangible fixed assets was 4.6 percent up in October 2013 from October 2012. For the first time since July 2012, private sector investments were higher than one year previously.

In November this year, 576 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt, the lowest level so far in 2013.

The most recent investment figures released by Statistics Netherlands show that manufacturers anticipate a 2 percent growth of investments in 2014.

The mood among Dutch manufacturers remained stable. The producer confidence indicator stood at - 0.4 in November.

Manufacturers’ stocks of finished products were at approximately the same level in September 2013 as in September 2012. In the preceding three months, stocks of finished products declined relative to the same month last year.

The volume of private sector investments in tangible fixed assets was 2.9 percent down in September 2013 from September 2012. The decline was less substantial than in August, when private sector investments were 4.6 percent down from one year previously.

The average labour productivity of Dutch companies under foreign controlin the period 2008-2011 was considerably higher than of other Dutch companies. This is evident from data on the companies in the business economy.

In October this year, 743 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt, i.e. 147 more than in September when the number of bankruptcies reached the lowest level so far in 2013.

Manufacturers’ stocks of finished products were 1.2 percent down in August 2013 from August 2012. In July, stocks of finished products declined by 5.2 percent.

The volume of private sector investments in tangible fixed assets was 7.0 percent down in August 2013 from August 2012. The decline was less substantial than in July, when private sector investments were 9.0 percent down from one year previously.

In September this year, 595 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt, fewer than in August and the lowest number of bankruptcies so far in 2013, although still 7 percent up from September 2012.

Three quarters of one-man businesses launched in 2009 were still active in 2012. Their chances of survival were higher than for one-man businesses launched in 2007.

The number of corporate takeovers has nearly doubled in the period 2009-2012. Corporate takeovers generally involve medium-sized and small businesses.

The mood among Dutch manufacturers deteriorated in September after several months of improvements. The producer confidence indicator fell from -1.6 in August to -2.8 in September.

Manufacturers’ stocks of finished products were down by 5.2 percent in July 2013 relative to July 2012. In June, stocks of finished products declined by 2.9 percent.

The volume of private sector investments in tangible fixed assets was 8.6 percent down in July 2013 from July 2012. The decline was less substantial than in June, when private sector investments were 14.2 percent down from one year previously.

In August this year, 608 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt, the lowest level in 2013 so far, although the number of bankruptcies was 19 percent up from August 2012.

Last year, 59 percent of companies employing 10 at least 10 persons allowed teleworking. The sectors financial services and ICT promote large-scale teleworking.

Manufacturers’ stocks of finished products were down by 2.7 percent in June 2013 relative to June 2012. The decline was preceded by a six-month period in which stocks of finished products have always been higher than twelve months previously.

Dutch manufacturers were less pessimistic in August than in July. The producer confidence indicator climbed from -3.5 to -1.6. Although the mood improved for the fourth consecutive month, it remains negative.

The volume of private sector investments in tangible fixed assets was 15.2 percent down in June 2013 from June 2012. The decline is more substantial than in April and May.

In July this year, 779 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt, i.e. an increase by more than 100 relative to June.

Manufacturers’ stocks of finished products were up by 1.4 percent in May from May 2012. In April, manufacturers’ stocks were up by 3.6 percent from one year previously.

The volume of private sector investments in tangible fixed assets was 10.9 percent down in May 2013 from May 2012. The decline is slightly more substantial than in April, when private sector investments were 10.4 percent down from one year previously.

In June this year, 672 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt. The number is considerably lower than in May.

In the first six months of 2013, a record number of corporate and institutional bankruptcies were filed. According to the latest figures released by Statistics Netherlands, 4 in every 10 bankruptcies were recorded in the sectors construction or trade.

Dutch manufacturers were just as negative in June as in May; the producer confidence indicator crept up from -4.2 to -4.1.

The volume of private sector investments in tangible fixed assets was down 9.9 percent in April 2013 from April 2012. The decline is less substantial than in March, when private sector investments were down 14.1 percent from one year previously.

Ten percent of large companies in the Netherlands moved business activities to another country in the period 2009-2011. Lower wage costs were an important factor in this respect

In May, 796 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt. This is the highest number since the time series started, in 1981.

Dutch manufacturers were less pessimistic in May 2013 than in April. The producer confidence indicator climbed from -5.6 to -4.2. Prior to May’s improvement, confidence had deteriorated in March and April.

Manufacturers’ stocks of finished products were 2.5 percent up in March from March 2012. The increase is more substantial than in February, when manufacturers’ stocks were 1.3 percent up from one year previously.

The volume of private sector investments in tangible fixed assets was nearly 14.1 percent down in March 2013 from March 2012. The decline is somewhat more substantial than in February, when private sector investments were 12.1 percent down from one year previously.

In April this year, 682 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt, a decrease by 28 from March.

According to the investment survey conducted by Statistics Netherlands, manufacturers anticipate a 7 percent growth of investments in 2013 versus a 1 percent growth six months ago.

The volume of private sector investments in tangible fixed assets was nearly 15 percent down in February 2013 from February 2012. The decline is somewhat more substantial than in January, when private sector investments were 14 percent down from one year previously.

The number of new business start-ups in 2012 was 19 thousand down from 2011 and the number of closedowns grew by nearly 11 thousand. Yet, the overall number of businesses increased for the sixth year in a row.

In March this year, 709 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, i.e. 50 down from February, when the number of bankruptcies was at an all-time high.

The average daily production realised by Dutch manufacturing industry was nearly 2 percent down in February 2013 from February 2012. The decline was less substantial than in January, when output was nearly 3 percent down on one year previously.

The volume of private sector investments in tangible fixed assets was more than 11 percent down in January 2013 from January 2012. The decline is more substantial than in December, when private sector investments were more than 9 percent down from one year previously.

In February this year, 755 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt. This is the highest monthly number ever recorded.

Manufacturers’ stocks of finished products were nearly 2 percent up in December 2012 from December 2011. In the preceding four months, stocks had declined compared to twelve months previously.

The volume of private sector investments in tangible fixed assets was more than 8 percent down in December 2012 from December 2011. The decline is more substantial than in October and November, when private sector investments were respectively more than 4 and nearly 7 percent down from one year previously.

In January this year, 715 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt. The number of bankruptcies remains high.

Manufacturers’ stocks of finished products were more than 1 percent down in November 2012 from November 2011. In the preceding three months, stocks also declined compared to twelve months previously.

An unprecedented total of 11,235 businesses and natural persons were declared bankrupt last year, an increase by 18 percent relative to 2011.

In December 2012, 552 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, versus 581 in November.

The volume of private sector investments in tangible fixed assets was nearly 11 percent down in November 2012 from November 2011. The decline is slightly more substantial than in October, when private sector investments were nearly 9 percent down from one year previously.

The 15 shopping centres offering the widest variety of shops in 2012 had on average 63.3 different types of shops versus 61.8 in 2008 and 64.8 in 2004.

Manufacturers’ stocks of finished products were more than 4 percent down in October 2012 from October 2011. In August and September, manufacturing stocks also declined compared to twelve months previously.

Dutch manufacturers were less negative in December than in November. The producer confidence indicator stood at -5.7 versus -7.0 in November. The mood improved for the second month in a row.

In October 2012, the volume of private sector investments in tangible fixed assets was more than 4 percent down from October 2011. In September, private sector investments were 10 percent lower than one year previously.

More than forty percent of businesses employing at least 10 persons use one or more social media accounts. Three quarters of large companies (employing 500 or more persons) use the social media for communication versus 36 percent of small-scale businesses (10 to 20 employed).

In November, 564 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, as against 698 in October. In the first eleven months of this year, 6,804 businesses and institutions went bankrupt, i.e. an increase by more than 20 percent relative to the first eleven months of 2011.

Foreign-controlled enterprises in the Netherlands have a higher rate of survival than enterprises under Dutch control. The survival rate of new Dutch businesses is greater if they immediately start trading with foreign partners.

Producers in the manufacturing industry expect to invest 1 percent more in 2013 than in 2012. This is shown by the most recent figures about expected investments in manufacturing.

The four major cities, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague are all in the starterss top 10. These municipalities have the highest starter to total company ratio.

In September 2012, the volume of private sector investments in tangible fixed assets was 8.5 percent down on September 2011. The decrease was much more substantial than in August, when private sector investments were 3 percent lower than one year previously.

In October, 703 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, i.e. nearly 150 more than in September.

Output prices of the Dutch manufacturing industry were more than 4 percent higher in September 2012 than in September 2011. The increase in manufacturing prices was about the same as in August.

In August 2012, manufacturers’ stocks of finished products were down nearly 3 percent on August 2011. Stocks decreased for the first time in more than eighteen months.

The mood among Dutch manufacturers deteriorated further in October. The producer confidence indicator stood at -7.7 versus -6.7 in September.

The volume of private sector investments in tangible fixed assets was about the same in August 2012 as in August 2011. In July, private sector investments were nearly 1 percent up on one year previously.

In September, 553 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, i.e. nearly 40 more than in August. The number of bankruptcies was also slightly higher than in September 2011, when 527 businesses and institutions were declared bankrupt.

In July 2012, manufacturers’ stocks of finished products were 2 percent up from July 2011. The increase was slightly less substantial than in May and June.

The mood among Dutch manufacturers deteriorated in September. The producer confidence indicator stood at -6.7 versus -4.6 in August. In the preceding four months, producer confidence had remained fairly stable.

The volume of private sector investments in tangible fixed assets was the same in July 2012 as in July 2011. In June, private sector investments had increased by nearly 3 percent compared to one year previously.

In August, 507 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, i.e. nearly 220 fewer than in July.

In June 2012, manufacturers’ stocks of finished products were more than 3 percent up from twelve months previously. The increase in June was more substantial than in April and May.

In June 2012, the volume of private sector investments in tangible fixed assets was more than 3 percent up from June 2011. In May, private sector investments were 6 percent down from one year previously.

In July, 725 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, an exceptionally high number on a monthly basis. The number of bankruptcies has soared in the first seven months of 2012.

Dutch manufacturers faced a nearly 3 percent turnover loss in June 2012 relative to June 2011. Sales on the domestic market declined more than sales on the foreign markets.

The mood among Dutch manufacturers deteriorated somewhat in July. The producer confidence indicator stood at -5.2 versus -4.8 in June.

In May 2012, manufacturers’ stocks of finished products were nearly 3 percent up from twelve months previously. The increase in May was more substantial than in April (1.5 percent). The stocks of finished products index stood at 108.3 in May (2005=100) versus 105.6 in April.

In May 2012, the volume of private sector investments in tangible fixed assets was over 8 percent down from May 2011. The decrease was somewhat larger than in April (nearly 7 percent).

In June, 610 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt. Over the first six months of 2012, the number of bankruptcies soared.

In April 2012, manufacturers’ stocks of finished products were 1 percent up on April 2011.The increase was much smaller than in February and March (6 percent).

In May, 681 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, as against 594 in April.

In April 2012, the volume of private sector investments in tangible fixed assets was 6 percent down on April 2011. The decrease was slightly larger than in February and March (4 and 5 percent respectively).

With 94 percent in 2011 (versus 78 percent in 2005), the Netherlands has had the highest proportion of households with access to the Internet from home in Europe for years on end.

Manufacturers’ stocks of finished products were 5 percent up in March 2012 on March 2011. In February, stocks grew by 6 percent. Stocks of finished products have been continuously above the level of twelve months previously for over a year now.

In March 2012, the volume of private sector investments in tangible fixed assets was nearly 6 percent down on March 2011, after a 4 percent decline in February.

Around seven in ten Dutch people aged 16-75 years shopped online in 2011. This figure reflects the continuing increase in online shopping in the Netherlands, and places the Netherlands among the top online shoppers in the European Union.

According to a survey, manufacturers anticipate investments to grow by 7 percent this year.

Foreign companies accounted for nearly one quarter of private sector investments in the Dutch economy in 2010. French companies account for the largest foreign share.

In the Netherlands, enterprises setting up business outnumber those that are closing down. In 2011 the number of enterprises grew by nearly 7 percent.

In March, 615 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt versus 622 in February.

The disposable household income has dropped for the fourth year in a row. Adjusted for inflation, the disposable household income dropped 0.4 percent in 2011, the same as in 2010 and this was largely caused by the fact that the wage increase of 1.8 percent was below the level of inflation (2.3 percent).

Manufacturers’ stocks of finished products were nearly 5 percent up in January 2012 on January 2011. In December 2011, stocks grew by more than 8 percent. Stocks of finished products have been continuously above the level of twelve months previously for over a year now, but growth has slowed down over the last months.

The mood among Dutch manufacturers deteriorated in March. The producer confidence indicator stood at – 2.6 versus – 1.5 in February.

In January 2012, the volume of private sector investments in tangible fixed assets was nearly 1 percent down on January 2011.

In February this year, 610 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, i.e. 70 fewer than in January.

The mood among Dutch manufacturers hardly changed in February.

In December 2011, the volume of private sector investments in tangible fixed assets was nearly 3 percent up on December 2010. The increase was somewhat more substantial than in November, when private sector investments were over 2 percent up on one year previously.

In January this year, 680 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, an increase by more than 160 relative to December last year.

In December 2011, 519 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, a decline by 114 relative to November.

The mood among Dutch manufacturers hardly changed in January. The producer confidence indicator stood at – 1.4 versus – 1.3 in December 2011, but there were some underlying changes.

Manufacturers’ stocks of finished products were nearly 12 percent higher in November 2011 than in November 2010. The increase was approximately the same as in October.

In November 2011, private sector investments in tangible fixed assets were 3 percent up on November 2010. The increase was the same as in October.

In December 2011, 520 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, a decline by 113 relative to November.

In November 2011, 633 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, 108 more than in October.

On 1 January 2010, there were more than 863 thousand businesses with 956 thousand establishments. Densely populated areas have the highest number of establishments per 10 square kilometres (km).

The mood among Dutch manufacturers improved in December. Producer confidence rose from -4.8 in November to -1.3 in December. Manufacturers were notably less negative about future output. In the two preceding months, producer confidence had diminished

Manufacturers’ stocks of finished products were nearly 12 percent higher in October 2011 than in October 2010, equalling September’s growth rate. Stocks of finished products have been above the level of twelve months previously for almost a year now.

Dutch companies spent more than 5 billion euro on R&D last year, i.e. 0.87 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP).

In October 2011, private sector investments in tangible fixed assets were over 2 percent up on October 2010. The increase was less substantial than in September, when private sector investments were more than 6 percent up on one year previously.

In November 2011, 610 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, 85 more than in October.

In September 2011, Dutch retailers faced nearly 1 percent loss of turnover compared to September 2010. Prices of articles sold were more than 3 percent up, whereas retail volume shrank by nearly 4 percent.

In November, business services providers anticipating turnover growth in the next three months outnumbered those anticipating a downturn. At +18, the index was lower than in October (+29).

The mood among Dutch manufacturers deteriorated further in November. Sentiments about future output, in particular were more negative. The producer confidence indicator dropped from –3.2 in October to – 4.8 in November. The manufacturing industry has not been this depressed for almost two years.

Manufacturers’ stocks of finished products were 12 percent up in September 2011 on September 2010. Stocks of finished products have been above the level of twelve months previously for nine months in a row now.

Manufacturing companies expect fixed capital formation to increase by 5 percent in 2012 compared with this year.

In September 2011, private sector investments in tangible fixed assets were more than 6 percent up on September 2010. The increase was somewhat more substantial than in August, when growth was just below the 6 percent level.

In October 2011, 525 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, approximately the same number as in September.

The number of self-employed information and communication technology (ICT) specialists has increased over the period 2000-2010. ICT specialists are also more often educated at higher vocational education (hbo) level and, on average, they are older.

For owners of small and medium-sized enterprises (MKB) in the Netherlands, it is on average more difficult to take out a bank loan than in the rest of Europe.

In September 2011, 529 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, approximately 30 more than in August.

In August 2011, private sector investments in tangible fixed assets were 6 percent up on August 2010. The increase was more substantial than in July, when private sector investments were 1.5 percent up on one year previously.

In September 2011, 530 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, approximately 30 more than in August.

In August this year, 504 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, approximately 40 more than in July. The number of bankruptcies remained stable relative to August 2010.

In July 2011, manufacturers’ stocks of finished products were nearly 12 percent up on July 2010. Growth was more substantial than in the preceding months. In May and June, manufacturing stocks were 10 percent larger than twelve months previously.

In July 2011, private sector investments in tangible fixed assets were 1 percent up on July 2010, whereas growth was zero in June.

In August this year, 510 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, nearly 50 more than in July.

The amount of hours worked in temp jobs increased for the fifth consecutive quarter. In the second quarter of 2011, it grew by more than 2 percent relative to the preceding quarter. This means growth was less substantial than in the first quarter, when the number of hours worked in temp jobs increased by nearly 4 percent.

The mood among Dutch manufacturers deteriorated in August. The producer confidence indicator dropped from -2.2 in July to -3.3 in August. August was the fifth month in a row, in which producer confidence diminished.

In June 2011, manufacturers’ stocks of finished products were nearly 8 percent up on June 2010. Growth still was substantial, though marginally below the level of the preceding two months.

In June 2011, private sector investments in tangible fixed assets were the same as in June 2010, whereas in May, they were still nearly 10 percent up on one year previously.

At the end of June 2011, there were 137 thousand job vacancies, i.e. 2 thousand more than at the end of March. The private sector accounted entirely for the increase.

In July this year, 460 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, slightly more than in June.

Output generated by the Dutch manufacturing industry was 2.4 percent higher in June 2011 than in June 2010. Production has been higher than one year previously for almost eighteen months now, although it is still below the pre-crisis level.

In June this year, 437 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, 121 fewer than in May.

One percent of companies in the Netherlands are foreign-owned. These companies contribute disproportionately to the Dutch economy, however.

In May 2011, the private sector invested nearly 10 percent more in tangible fixed assets than twelve months previously. The increase was more substantial than in April, when private sector investments were nearly 5 percent up on one year previously.

In June this year, 440 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, 117 less than in May.

E-shopping is still gaining popularity. Last year, 9.3 million people bought goods and services over the Internet.

In May this year, 557 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, 114 more than in April.

In April 2011, the private sector invested 4.3 percent more in tangible fixed assets than in April 2010. The increase was less substantial than in March, when private sector investments were 6.8 percent up on one year previously.

In May this year, 560 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, 117 more than in April.

In April this year, 443 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, nearly 100 fewer than in March.

In April this year, 445 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, nearly 100 fewer than in March.

Dutch manufacturing companies expect to invest 25 percent more this year than in 2010. This optimism is around the same level as six months ago, when they expected an increase of 24 percent.

In February 2011, the private sector invested 6 percent more in tangible fixed assets than in February 2010. The increase was 1 percentage point up on January.

More than half of small and medium-sized (MKB) retailers claim it was more difficult for them to get a loan from the bank in 2010 than in 2007.

In March, 540 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, nearly 20 more than in February.

The disposable household income in 2010 was lower than in 2009. After correction for inflation, the decline was 1.4 percent, but consumer spending was 0.4 percent higher.

In January 2011, the private sector invested 6 percent more in tangible assets than in January 2010. However, in December 2010, private sector investments were down by nearly 2 percent on one year previously.

In February, 535 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, nearly 50 more than in January.

On 1 January 2010, there were 864 thousand businesses and institutions in the Netherlands, an increase by more than 19 thousand relative to 1 January 2009. The growth was entirely caused by an increase in small enterprises.

In December 2010, the volume of private fixed capital formation in tangible assets was 2.1 percent down on December 2009.

Last year, 9.6 thousand bankruptcies were filed, i.e. 9 percent fewer than in 2009.

In January this year, 490 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt.

In November 2010, the volume of private fixed capital formation in tangible assets was 4.3 percent down on November 2009.

In 2009, the Dutch public sector spent 0.88 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP), i.e. the total value of all goods and services produced in the Netherlands, on R&D. The average for the EU 27 was 1.25 percent.

In December last year, 435 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt. The number of bankruptcies in December was considerably lower than in November, when 579 bankruptcies were filed. In October and November, the number of bankruptcies had still increased.

The rate of ICT-related security incidents appears to be fairly high in the Netherlands.

In October 2010, the volume of private fixed capital formation in tangible assets was 5.1 percent down on October 2009. The decline is slightly less substantial than in September, when private sector investments were 5.5 percent down on one year previously.

In November 2010, 580 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt. The number of bankruptcies is quite a lot higher than in October, when 537 business and institutions went bankrupt.

Large companies are much more sensitive to the economic situation than medium-sized and small businesses (MKB).

According to Statistics Netherlands’ autumn survey of investment expectations, Dutch manufacturers foresee a 24 percent rise in investment next year compared with 2010.

In September 2010, the volume of corporate investments in tangible fixed assets was 4.8 percent down on September 2009. The decline is more substantial than in August, when private sector investments were 1.1 percent down on one year previously.

In October 2010, 535 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt. The number of bankruptcies is considerably higher than in September, when 458 business and institutions went bankrupt.

In August 2010, the volume of corporate investments in tangible fixed assets was 1.5 percent down on August 2009. This decline is less substantial than in July, when private sector investments were 3.6 percent down on one year previously.

In September this year, 450 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, a decrease by 60 relative to August.

In July 2010, the volume of corporate investments in tangible fixed assets was 3.4 percent down on July 2009. The decline was in the same order of magnitude as in June, but far below the level of the preceding months.

In August this year, 530 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, an increase by 25 relative to July. The number of bankruptcies was more than 10 higher than in August 2009.

In July this year, 500 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, a decrease by nearly 170 relative to June.

In June this year, 635 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, an increase by more than 230 relative to May.

In the period 2006-2008, nearly 10 thousand businesses – 16.7 percent of all businesses in the Netherlands employing 10 or more people – have innovated their products. The proportion of businesses implementing in-house innovations has risen among businesses not engaged in research and development (R&D) activities.

Last year, 35.4 thousand new businesses were started, a decline by 9 percent relative to 2008.

In 2009, the number of facilities per 100 thousand residents in the Netherlands had increased by 4 percent relative to 2005. In urban areas, the increase was more than 6 percent.

manufacturing companies in the Netherlands expect to invest 2 percent less in 2010 than in 2009.

This article shows the results of a study of self-employed workers who made the switch tobecome paid employees. This study was a follow-up to a study on employees who startedup their own business and became self-employed.

This year, nearly six in ten e-shoppers booked their trips and holidays directly online. Trips and accommodations are most frequently bought online.

In the last two decades consumers started using their PIN cards more and more to pay in shops. Some 55 percent of the purchase value was paid in this way by 2008.

Companies in the Dutch manufacturing industry expect to invest 10 percent less in 2009 than in 2008.

Compared with most countries, it takes a relatively short time to start up a business in the Netherlands.

More and more Dutch consumers are shopping online. This spring, nearly three-quarters of the 11.8 million internet users in the Netherlands said they had purchased a product online.

On 1 January 2009, there were 844 thousand companies and institutions in the Netherlands, an increase by more than 46 thousand relative to one year previously. The number of one-man businesses again rose distinctly.

Operating results generated by large companies amounted to 4.2 billion euro in the second quarter of 2009, the lowest level since the survey was set up in 2005. The results have dropped by over 50 percent relative to one year ago. Manufacturing companies largely account for the deterioration.

In 2008 38.7 thousand new companies joined the Dutch business community, providing work for some 51.7 thousand people. The number of new companies lagged a little behind the 2007 number.

In 2007, spending on Research & Development in the Netherlands amounted to 9.6 billion euro.

Manufacturers anticipate a 10 percent drop in investments in 2009 relative to last year.

Only a small number of people in the Dutch labour force are engaged in R&D activities. The private sector spent 49 thousand labour years (1.1 percent) on R&D in 2007, thus approximating the European average.

In the course of 2008, the rate of return of leading non-financial companies has deteriorated. It is also more difficult for them to finance their activities.

The English version will be published at the beginning of april 2009. However, the summary and conclusions of the publication are already available.

By the end of 2007, nearly half of companies with a staff of ten or more persons employed teleworkers. Teleworking is most common among large companies.

The number of different types of shops to be found in shopping centres is decreasing.

Manufacturing companies expect to invest 2 percent less this year than in 2007. In the spring forecast they still reported that investment would rise by 11 percent.

The number of video shops was reduced by half over the period 1998–2008.

Personnel costs of foreign companies are nearly one third higher than those of Dutch companies. American subsidiaries pay the highest salaries, followed by Japanese companies.

The number of people setting up their own business in the Netherlands has gradually risen since the 1990s, but the proportion of business owners was still lagging behind the EU 15 average in 2006. The investment climate in the Netherlands is compared with 19 benchmark countries.

The entrepreneurs in the manufacturing industry expect an 11 percent increase in investments on 2007.

In 2006, Dutch companies generated nearly 11 percent of their turnover through e-commerce.

The digital economy 2007 (Dutch version). The English version will be published at the end of June 2008. However, the summary and conclusions of the publication are already available.

In 2006, the burden of corporate tax for the largest non-financial companies in the Netherlands was 20.9 percent. This was 7.4 percentage points lower than in 2004.

In the last ten years the net yearly profit of the largest non-financial companies in the Netherlands has varied between 10 billion euro in 2002, to over 70 billion euro in 2006.

Manufacturers expect investments to fall by 12 percent in 2004 compared to last year. If their expectations turn out to be correct, the lowest level in ten years will be reached. In the spring of 2004 manufacturers still expected investments to increase by 2 percent.

Dutch manufacturing companies expect to invest 2 percent more this year than in 2003. The increase in investment in 2004 is dampened by companies in the chemical industry, which expect to spend 37 percent less on fixed capital formation than last year. Other branches of manufacturing expect to invest 14 to 31 percent more.

In 2003 close to 8,750 bankruptcies were pronounced. This is the highest number of bankruptcies ever recorded. The previous record of 1982 was 100 less.