The most recent information is a grim indication of Europe’s financial well being.

Enterprise insolvencies within the EU have hit document highs, newest information has proven. 


Based on the bloc’s official statistics company Eurostat, the variety of companies declaring chapter within the second quarter of 2023 elevated by 8.4% in comparison with the primary, fueled by bother within the meals and housing sector. 

The figures imply bankruptcies have elevated for the sixth consecutive quarter, unseen since Eurostat began gathering information in 2015. 

Insolvency claims rose to their highest degree within the fourth quarter of 2022 as state assist as a result of COVID pandemic was slowly minimize off. 

The European Fee first introduced greater than €8 billion of financing in April 2020, offering instant aid to small and medium companies throughout the bloc. 

Whereas the help packages and subsequent schemes cushioned enterprises from extreme monetary crashes, their efficiency after the easing of restrictions has not been promising. 

The variety of companies submitting for chapter has continued to rise because the second quarter of 2022, with nationwide money owed additionally growing. 

On the flip facet, the variety of new enterprise registrations in 2023 within the EU has hit the very best figures in 2023 in comparison with the earlier eight years. 

Meals and lodging sector struggles post-pandemic

Whereas companies from all main sectors witnessed a rise in insolvency, the meals and lodging sector appeared to be struggling essentially the most. 

Lodging and meals companies noticed a 23.9% improve within the variety of firms going bankrupt, a fall primarily attributed to challenges from the price of dwelling disaster. 

That may be a whopping rise of 82.5%, in comparison with the ultimate quarter earlier than the pandemic restrictions. 


The sharp rise of failing firms has additionally change into a norm within the transportation and storage sector, impacted instantly by hovering vitality costs.

Solely two business and building sectors maintained a lesser variety of insolvency registrations in comparison with the final quarter of 2019 within the newest figures.