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In the first quarter of 2017, the number of bankruptcies was 1 254, which is an increase of 8 per cent compared with the same quarter in 2016, according to the statistics Bankruptcies. The largest decrease in percentage terms was in the counties of Nord-Trøndelag, Finnmark and Sør-Trøndelag.

The increase in those three counties was 55, 44 and 36 per cent respectively. The largest rise in absolute figures was in the counties of Rogaland, Sør-Trøndelag and Akershus, with 22, 21 and 15 per cent more bankruptcies respectively.

In seven counties, the number of bankruptcies went down. The largest drop in both percentage terms and absolute figures was in the county of Aust-Agder, with 35 per cent, or 12 fewer bankruptcies.

Figure 1. Bankruptcies, by type of bankruptcy and quarter
Figure 1. Bankruptcies, by type of bankruptcy and quarter
Q12007 Q22007 Q32007 Q42007 Q12008 Q22008 Q32008 Q42008 Q12009 Q22009 Q32009 Q42009 Q12010 Q22010 Q32010 Q42010 Q12011 Q22011 Q32011 Q42011 Q12012 Q22012 Q32012 Q42012 Q12013 Q22013 Q32013 Q42013 Q12014 Q22014 Q32014 Q42014 Q12015 Q22015 Q32015 Q42015 Q12016 Q22016 Q32016 Q42016 Q12017
Bankruptcies related to enterprises 543 432 385 484 547 589 582 882 1093 1021 818 881 865 845 702 749 871 800 677 826 774 661 624 704 836 910 686 821 921 877 745 891 962 866 652 848 854 956 713 785 935
Bankruptcies related to sole proprietorships incl. personal bankruptcies 338 259 198 206 206 286 252 293 325 363 210 302 346 395 247 286 308 358 257 258 301 239 216 295 348 406 222 335 378 391 290 310 332 299 227 276 309 396 285 246 319

Three out of four bankruptcies, a total of 935, related to enterprises (except sole proprietorships). Twenty-six per cent of these enterprises were in construction, and 23 per cent were in wholesale and retail trade. The remaining 319 bankruptcies related to sole proprietorships and personal bankruptcies. Forty per cent of these were in construction.