Answered By: Bobray Bordelon
Last Updated: Jul 20, 2016     Views: 15

Use the various Dun and Bradstreet statistical compilations.

  • For statistics back to 1857, see Historical statistics of the United States, Millennial Edition (Colonial Period to 2000).
  • For 1900-1952, see Commercial failures in an era of business progress, 1900-1952, Firestone HG3766.C655 1952.
  • For annual data, see Business failure record, Firestone HG 3766.D92. (covers 1972-1997)
  • For quarterly data, see Quarterly business failures, Firestone HG3766.D91. (covers 1957-1998)

ICPSR: Business Failures by Industry in the United States, 1895 to 1940: A Statistical History (ICPSR 34016) - Dun's published data on failures by branch of business from 1895 through 1935. This dataset reconstructs that series and links it to its successors. The successor series include data on business failures by division of industry, which Dun and Bradstreet's published from 1934 through 1940. The data consist of the aggregate number of corporations filing for bankruptcy in various industries each month in the United States and the total liabilities of those corporations.

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