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In January 2022, there were 410 business bankruptcies in Switzerland due to insolvency. This is an increase of 28 percent compared to the same month last year. In Zurich, bankruptcies increased by 53 percent, followed by Eastern Switzerland with 43 percent and Espace Mittelland with 41 percent. In southwestern Switzerland, insolvencies rose by 27 percent and in Ticino by 18 percent. Northwestern Switzerland saw an increase of four percent, while bankruptcies in central Switzerland fell by three percent. The next few months will show whether the significant increase in insolvency cases will continue in this way and whether the long-awaited Corona wave of bankruptcies will now roll over the economy.
Compared to bankruptcies, the number of new company entries in the commercial register rose only slightly, by two percent. A total of 3,812 new companies were founded. The strongest growth was in southwestern Switzerland (+7%), followed by central Switzerland and northwestern Switzerland (both +4%). In Zurich, start-ups increased by three percent. In eastern Switzerland, start-ups remained practically at the previous year's level, while in Ticino they fell by a full 14 percent.