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US bankruptcy filings drop 14% in 2012

Published on Jan 5, 2013 5:51 AM
 
Several notes of the US Dollar. The number of US bankruptcy filings fell 14 per cent in 2012 to the lowest level since the financial crisis of 2008, according to a report by the American Bankruptcy Institute, which forecast a further drop this year. -- PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

(REUTERS) - The number of United States (US) bankruptcy filings fell 14 per cent in 2012 to the lowest level since the financial crisis of 2008, according to a report by the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI), which forecast a further drop this year.

There were 1.19 million bankruptcies in 2012, down from 1.38 million in 2011, based on information compiled by Epiq Systems Inc. Non-commercial filings dropped 14 per cent to 1.13 million and commercial filings fell 22 per cent to 57,788.

Filings will likely continue to decrease in 2013 as US households continue to cut their debt and interest rates remain low, said Mr Samuel Gerdano, executive director of the ABI.

Despite the spike in filings following the financial crisis, US recession and housing crash, the average number of filings over the past four years - 1.39 million annually - was generally low by recent standards.

 
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