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Posted on Feb 07, 03:35PM | IANS
Madrid, Feb 7 : The number people declared bankrupt in Spain rose by 39.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012 in comparison with the same period of 2011, official data showed.
According to the Spanish National Institute of Statistics (INE) Wednesday, the number of bankruptcies rose to 2,584 in the fourth quarter (8,726 in the whole year of 2012), which meant a 57 percent increase in comparison with the third quarter and the highest variation in five years, reported Xinhua.
According to INE's data, 2,444 of the bankruptcies were voluntary, up 39.7 percent in comparison with the same period of the previous year, and 140 were forced, a 34.6 percent rise over 2011's figures.
Only 235 of the bankruptcies declared during the period were of individuals with the great majority of bankruptcies found in businesses, the number of which climbed to 2,349, a 42.4 percent increase over the last quarter of 2011 and a 60 percent increase when compared to the third quarter of 2012.