Berlin (dpa) - According to a current economic survey, around eight percent of companies in Berlin are threatened with bankruptcy due to the Corona crisis.

The individual industries are affected to very different degrees, said the Berlin Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK) on Monday.

The situation in the hospitality industry is still catastrophic, said managing director Jan Eder.

In the meantime, the first companies in the capital have started to "quietly die".

Some chain stores are also affected.

"We need a perspective of opening up - piece by piece and taking into account all areas of health protection," said Eder.

In some service sectors such as the IT industry but also in the construction industry, however, the situation is good.

According to the survey, the mood has even improved again since autumn.

In the meantime, more than 60 percent of the companies surveyed in the construction industry speak of a good business situation.

In autumn it was just under 50. However, this industry is also looking more cautiously than recently into the future.

The proportion of Berlin construction companies that rate the business outlook as good fell from 14 to 5 percent between autumn and the beginning of the year.

According to the survey, the different moods can also be seen in the employment plans.

36 percent of companies in the service sector assume that there will be increasing recruitment.

In the hospitality industry it was only 5 percent, while 41 percent of the companies assume that their number of employees will decrease.


The situation has worsened across all sectors, especially for smaller companies, while companies with more than 50 employees do better on average.

"That's bad because smaller companies are the backbone of the Berlin and Brandenburg economies," said Eder.

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