In the first three months of this year, 1,050 web shops were added in the Netherlands.

There are more than eighty a week and almost twelve a day.

This is evident from figures published by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) on Tuesday.

On the other hand, 510 web shops also stopped in the same period.

In the first quarter, many web stores were added that sold clothing, food or home and garden items.

Nevertheless, a webshop is no guarantee for success.

There were also many online sellers of clothing and home and garden items who just called it quits in the first quarter.

A total of 30,200 companies were closed in the first three months of this year, more than 9,000 fewer than in the same period last year.

Of the companies that did not continue, 85 percent were self-employed.

There was a slight increase in companies that did employ staff.

Especially consultancy firms and eateries, such as restaurants, snack bars and ice cream parlors, decided to call it a day.

Only a small part of the companies that have closed down are bankruptcies.

In many other cases, it concerns entrepreneurs who have pulled the plug on their own initiative, for example to avoid bankruptcy.

The more than thirty thousand companies that closed down in the first quarter amount to some 57,000 start-ups.

That is almost the same as in the same period in 2020.

In addition to web shops, many restaurants and other eateries were also added.

Apparently they were not deterred by the fact that they were not allowed to open last quarter.

Incidentally, they still have to remain largely closed even now.

They can only receive customers on the terrace if they have one.