Company bankruptcies in Greece slowed to 330 in 2014, from 392 in 2013, for a decline of 15.8%, the second biggest percentage decline in European south after Spain, a survey by ICAP Group, a member of the Federation of Business Information Services FEBIS said on Thursday.
The survey, based on financial reports included in the “Corporate Insolvencies in Europe 2014/15,” said that Greece was one the countries where only a small part of corporate insolvencies was made through the official bankruptcy code.
Corporate bankruptcy in Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain fell by 5.8% to 31,187 last year — marking the first positive development since the beginning of the economic and financial crisis — however, the number of bankruptcies still remained at very high levels and has more than tripled since 2007.
The number of bankruptcies in Western Europe totaled 179,662 in 2014, from 189,855 in 2013, a decline of 5.4%. Only two countries, out of the 17 included in the survey, showed positive balance (Italy 12.8% and Norway 5.2%). All other reported negative percentages, led by Spain (-28.5%), Holland (-20.7%) and Denmark (-18.9%).
The services sector accounted for the biggest part of corporate bankruptcies (37%) in Western Europe in 2014, followed by the commerce sector (31.7%) and the industry sector (10.8%).