Bankruptcies, in the first six months of 2021 they remain below pre-covid values

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According to a survey by Unioncamere and InfoCamere, between January and June 4,700 procedures were opened, 13% in less than two years ago.

The number of companies forced to take the books to court to close down remains contained, and below the values of the pre-pandemic period. In the first six months of 2021, in fact – according to Unioncamere-InfoCamere data taken from the Register of Companies of the Chambers of Commerce – 4,667 companies started bankruptcy proceedings, compared to 5,380 in the corresponding period of 2019, before the Covid emergency broke out.

In the middle, there is the figure of 2,924 bankruptcy declarations filed in the first six months of 2020, marked however by the imposition of the lockdown and the prolonged stop to the activities of the courts.

The bankruptcy rate of Italian companies – given by the number of bankruptcy proceedings opened per thousand registered companies – therefore stands at the value of 0.76.

This is what emerges from the survey conducted by Unioncamere and InfoCamere, starting from the data of the Register of Companies of the Chambers of Commerce, on the opening of bankruptcy proceedings in the first six months of the last three years.

Taking as a reference the first half of 2019 – the last not affected by the consequences related to the health emergency – the budget of the first half of 2021 shows for almost all regions decreasing values, for a national average that stands at -13.3%. Exceptions are some of the smaller regions such as Basilicata (+53.6%) and Molise (+41.7%) where, however, a few more cases are enough to determine strong relative variations; among the largest regions, to mark an increase compared to two years ago is reported only Sicily (+1.4%).

The only region that, although in sharp reduction compared to the first six months of 2019 (-16.1%), is above the threshold of one per thousand in the bankruptcy rate is Lombardy.

The attenuated dynamics of bankruptcies are also widely distributed among the sectors of activity of companies. To show an acceleration compared to the first half of 2019 are the supply of energy (+60%), health and assistance (+21.6%), transport and storage (+19%), education (+13.3%) and insurance and financial activities (+3.2%).