October 4, 2011, Alexandria, Va. — U.S. consumer bankruptcy filings totaled 1,044,722 nationwide during the first nine months of 2011 (Jan. 1-Sept. 30), a 10 percent decrease from the 1,165,172 total consumer filings during the same period a year ago, according to the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI), relying on data from the National Bankruptcy Research Center (NBKRC).
September consumer bankruptcies decreased 17 percent nationwide from September 2010. The data showed that the overall consumer filings total for September reached 108,517 down from the 130,329 consumer filings recorded in September 2010.
“The trend of declining filings has been consistent with consumers continuing to reign in their spending, household debt, and an overall pull back in consumer credit,” said ABI Executive Director Samuel J. Gerdano. “Total consumer filings for 2011 will be less than 2010.”
The September 2011 filings also represented a 4 percent decrease from the August 2011 consumer bankruptcy total of 113,432, a slight change that could be the result of one less day in the month. The percentage of Chapter 13 Bankruptcy filings for September was 30 percent, a one percent increase from August.
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