Hamburg / Frankfurt (dpa / lno) - 17.1 percent of Hamburg's companies did not pay their bills on time or did not pay at all in Corona December 2020, according to figures from the Crifbürgel credit agency.

The average delay in payment was 37.1 days, as Crifbürgel announced on the basis of data on payment behavior from more than 450,000 companies nationwide.

Before the start of the corona pandemic in January 2020, however, the payment behavior looked even worse.

At that time, according to information, 19.2 percent of Hamburg companies paid their invoices late or not at all, but the average delay in payment was lower at 29.8 days.

Nationwide, Hamburg ranks next to last.

According to the information, the payment behavior is even worse in Berlin.

The companies in Thuringia, Saxony and Bavaria were the most reliable when it came to paying off debts.

According to Crifbürgel, 10.5 percent of companies across Germany remained in default in December 2020.

The delay in payment reached a maximum of 35.5 days, in January it was 26.4 days.

Broken down by industry, the construction industry (28.4 percent), the hospitality industry (18.3 percent) and financial and insurance services (18.1 percent) were particularly negative.

"Companies that are still doing well economically have a high willingness to pay and under no circumstances want to be in default," said Crifbürgel managing director Frank Schlein, summarizing the development.

Nationwide “around 10 percent of companies have such severe financial problems that their solvency is limited.

If these companies pay their bills, then only with a significant delay in payment. "

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.


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