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November Commercial Chapter 11 Filings Decrease 32 Percent from Previous Year

Thursday, December 5, 2019  
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Commercial chapter 11 filings decreased 32 percent in November 2019 over November of last year, according to data provided by Epiq Systems and American Bankruptcy Institute. The 450 commercial chapter 11 filings registered in November 2019 dropped from November 2018’s commercial chapter 11 filing total of 662. Commercial bankruptcy filings totaled 2,984 in November 2019, an 8 percent decrease from the 3,247 commercial filings in November 2018. 


Total U.S. bankruptcies in November 2019 also registered a decrease, as the 56,041 filings fell 5 percent from the November 2018 total of 58,923. Consumer bankruptcies decreased as well in November 2019, as the 53,057 filings were a 5 percent drop from the 55,676 consumer filings registered in November 2018.


Commercial chapter 11 filings in November 2019 represented a 15 percent decrease from the 527 filings recorded in October 2019. November’s commercial filing total represented a 16 percent decrease from the October 2019 commercial filing total of 3,551. Total filings for November decreased 17 percent compared to the 67,828 total filings in October 2019. Total noncommercial filings for November also represented a 17 percent decrease from the October 2019 noncommercial filing total of 64,277. 


The average nationwide per capita bankruptcy filing rate (total filings per 1,000 population) was 2.50 for the first 11 calendar months of 2019 (Jan. 1-Nov. 30), a slight increase over the 2.49 rate registered during the first 10 months of the year. The average daily filing total in November 2019 was 2,950, a slight increase from the 2,946 total daily filings registered in November 2018.