Frankfurt / Main (dpa / lhe) - Almost twelve percent of companies in Hesse do not pay bills on time or not at all, according to an evaluation by the Crifbürgel credit agency.

At 11.7 percent, the rate in the state in December was above the national average of 10.5 percent.

In January, however, it was 14.6 percent in Hesse.

On average, the defaulting companies in Hesse in December were 31.4 days in arrears.

Nationwide, this value reached a new high of 35.5 days in December in the Corona year 2020, Crifbürgel analyzed on the basis of data on the payment behavior of more than 450,000 companies.

According to the information for December, companies in Berlin exceed the deadline for paying invoices the longest, on average by 68.4 days.

In Brandenburg (average delay 56.8 days) and in Rhineland-Palatinate (48.7 days) too, many companies pay invoices with a significant delay.

According to Crifbürgel, the situation is best in Thuringia: Companies in the Free State only pay 19.6 days late on average.


With 26.1 percent in December, the federal capital Berlin also took the inglorious top position in terms of the quota of non-paying and late payers among companies.

Accordingly, payment practices are currently best in Thuringia: According to the latest information, only 6.5 percent of companies did not pay bills or paid them late.

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