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The restructuring events database contains factsheets with data on large-scale restructuring events reported in the principal national media in each EU member state. It has been in existence since 2002.

The map displays the most recent cases. Nation-wide cases are displayed next to the country name.

Recent restructuring cases

The database is updated daily and grows at a rate of approximately 20-30 new entries a week. To date, more than 27,000 restructuring events have been recorded.

In order to be included in the database, an individual case of restructuring must involve the announced loss or creation of at least 100 jobs, or employment effects affecting at least 10% of a workforce of more than 250 people. A restructuring statistics tool is available to explore summary data from the restructuring events database by country, sector and restructuring type.

Research carried out prior to the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union on 31 January 2020, and published subsequently, may include data relating to the 28 EU Member States. Following this date, research only takes into account the 27 EU Member States (EU28 minus the UK), unless specified otherwise.

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Announcement date Country Companyabsteigend sortieren Restructuring type Sector Planned job creation Planned job reductions min
05/12/2008 United Kingdom Woolworths Internal restructuring Retail 450
22/12/2008 United Kingdom Woolworths Bankruptcy/Closure Retail 27,000
06/04/2006 United Kingdom Worcester Acute Hospitals NHS Trust Internal restructuring Health / social work 720
26/10/2018 United Kingdom Worcestershire County Council Internal restructuring Public administration and defence 200
22/03/2021 Ireland Workday Business expansion Information / communication 400
27/02/2019 Ireland Workhuman Business expansion Information / communication 150
20/11/2018 United Kingdom World of Books Business expansion Transportation / storage 250
02/12/2005 Spain World Wide Tobacco- Agroexpansión S.A. Bankruptcy/Closure Manufacturing 250
04/02/2003 World WorldCom Internal restructuring Information / communication 5,000
24/06/2002 World WorldCom Internal restructuring Information / communication 17,000
17/09/2002 Netherlands Worldcom Internal restructuring Information / communication 100
24/06/2002 Ireland WorldCom Internal restructuring Information / communication 180
15/11/2002 France WorldCom France Internal restructuring Information / communication 200
13/12/2017 France Worldline Business expansion Information / communication 750