The "Observatory of bankruptcies, procedures and closures of companies" of Cerved provided some positive data, after analyzing the data for the first half of 2018.
In the first half alone, bankruptcies fell by 5.7% compared to the same period of 2017.
The same goes for administrative compulsory liquidations, which decreased by 18.9% on an annual basis.
A less positive note is the number of entrepreneurs who decide to voluntarily dispose of performing companies, ie without previous bankruptcy proceedings: in the first half there were 29,445, a figure increasing (+ 1.3% on an annual basis) which marks a reversal of the trend compared to the same period of 2017, when the voluntary closures decreased by 3.7%.
Unfortunately, if the situation is quite transversal on the different economic sectors it is not the same for the geographical areas. Some regions, such as Calabria, Lazio and Sicily, live an opposite trend. The number of bankruptcies has indeed continued to increase. The most affected are corporations, whose number continues to decline, just as for individual companies.
A look abroad tells us about situations not unlike this. In Switzerland, for example, the number of bankruptcies on an annual basis rose by 3%. However, the number of new businesses increases, signifying a confidence in the economic recovery, which we still miss.