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February Bankruptcy Filings Increase 19 Percent

The American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) announced that total bankruptcy filings in the United States increased 19 percent in February vs. January. Filings totaled 104,418 in February, up from the 87,981 filings in January.

“The stagnant housing sector and high unemployment continue to stress the cash flow of consumers and businesses,” said Samuel J. Gerdano, ABI executive director. “As consumers and businesses work to shed tremendous debt loads, there are times when bankruptcy is the only shelter to provide financial relief.”

Filings per day rose 27 percent to 3,601 from 2,838 in January, according to the data. The 99,288 total noncommercial filings in February represented a 20 percent increase vs. January’s total of 83,014. The total commercial filings of 5,130 for February represented a 3 percent increase from January figures.

via F&I Magazine.

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