Frankfurt / Main / Berlin (dpa / bb) - Berlin-based companies recently failed to pay their invoices or paid them late.

Around 26 percent of the capital city companies had problems with their payment behavior in December, as figures from the Crifbürgel credit agency show.

On average, they exceeded the payment deadline by a good 68 days.

Both are top values ​​nationwide.

This is followed in a comparison of federal states with Brandenburg with around 16 percent defaulting companies.

Suppliers there had to wait around 57 days longer for their money than desired.

The credit agency warns: Late or unpaid bills are one of the most common causes of insolvency.

Small and medium-sized companies in particular were threatened with liquidity bottlenecks if customers did not pay on time.

According to the data, companies in Thuringia have the best payment behavior.


According to Crifbürgel, every tenth company across Germany did not pay bills on time or not at all in December.

In December, the average delay in payment by these 10.5 percent of companies reached a new high of 35.5 days in the Corona year 2020.

The payment behavior of companies in the culture, entertainment and leisure sectors collapsed in the course of the year.

Many of them cannot do their business in the Corona crisis and are fighting for their existence.

The sector is particularly well represented in Berlin.

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