Business is hard.

A study by J.P Morgan Asset Management found that roughly 40% of the publicly traded companies in the U.S. between 1980 and 2014 suffered a “catastrophic decline”—a loss of at least 70% of their value without ever recovering.

That’s rough. And something like a pandemic doesn’t help.

Our chart of the week shows the sector breakdown of total corporate bankruptcies announced in the U.S. this year.

Not surprisingly, consumer-focused companies have been hit the hardest. Many of the well-known retailers that have gone out of business this year have been on the decline for some time now. But the pandemic pushed their demise into overdrive.

Beyond the consumer-facing companies, energy and industrials account for another 29% of bankruptcies. These sectors have suffered acutely from the fall in oil prices and a drop in global aggregate demand.

In total, U.S. bankruptcies are on track to hit their worst levels in a decade.


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