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Results and financial situation of firms in 2010


  • D. Vivet

    (National Bank of Belgium, Microeconomic Information Department)


The article looks at the financial situation of non-financial corporations in Belgium over the period from 1 January to 31 December 2010. After briefly describing the methodology and the population studied, it presents an extrapolation of the main operating result items for 2010. It then assesses the financial situation of companies as regards profitability and solvency. Since last year, the scope of this assessment has been widened to cover the entire population, examining not only the medians but also the first and third quartiles and the tenth and ninetieth percentiles. Moreover, the results of the financial health model developed by the Bank are also reported. Finally, section 4 presents a regional analysis of the data.

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  • D. Vivet, 2011. "Results and financial situation of firms in 2010," Economic Review, National Bank of Belgium, issue iii, pages 69-104, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:nbb:ecrart:y:2011:m:december:i:iii:p:69-104

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    1. Joseph Francois & Bernard Hoekman, 2010. "Services Trade and Policy," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 48(3), pages 642-692, September.
    2. Gene M. Grossman & Esteban Rossi-Hansberg, 2008. "Trading Tasks: A Simple Theory of Offshoring," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 98(5), pages 1978-1997, December.
    3. Bala Ramasamy & Matthew Yeung, 2010. "The Determinants of Foreign Direct Investment in Services," The World Economy, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 33(4), pages 573-596, April.
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    1. Ch. Piette & M.-D. Zachary, 2015. "Sensitivity to the crisis of SME financing in Belgium," Economic Review, National Bank of Belgium, pages 31-45.
    2. Claude Mathys, 2012. "Economic importance of the Belgian ports: Flemish maritime ports, Liège port complex and the port of Brussels – Report 2010," Working Paper Document 225, National Bank of Belgium.
    3. George van Gastel, 2016. "Economic importance of the Belgian ports: Flemish maritime ports, Liège port complex and the port of Brussels - Report 2014," Working Paper Research 299, National Bank of Belgium.
    4. Dhyne, Emmanuel & Berthou, Antoine & Soares, Ana Cristina & Bugamelli, Matteo & Cazacu, Ana-Maria & Lalinsky, Tibor & Meriküll, Jaanika & Harasztosi, Péter & Demian, Calin-Vlad & Oropallo, Filippo, 2015. "Assessing European firms' exports and productivity distributions: the CompNet trade module," Working Paper Series 1788, European Central Bank.
    5. repec:nbb:docwpp:201207-17 is not listed on IDEAS
    6. Claude Mathys, 2013. "Economic importance of the Belgian ports: Flemish maritime ports, Liège port complex and the port of Brussels – Report 2011," Working Paper Document 242, National Bank of Belgium.

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    firms’ results; financial structure; bankruptcy risk; sectoral analysis; distribution analysis;

    JEL classification:

    • D39 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Other
    • G30 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - General
    • G33 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Bankruptcy; Liquidation
    • L60 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - General
    • L80 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - General


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