Further decrease in business start-ups in May 2015Enterprises births - May 2015

In May 2015, the number of business start-ups was down again (-1.8% after -1.0% in April) for all enterprises, seasonally and working-day adjusted (sa-wda). The substantial fall in self-managed micro-entrepreneurs births (-5.0% after -4.1%) was partly offset by the rise in other business set-ups (+0.7% after +1.6%).

Informations rapides
No 146
Paru le : 16/06/2015
Prochaine parution le : 13/10/2017 at 08:45 - September 2017

In May 2015, the number of business start-ups was down again (-1.8% after -1.0% in April) for all enterprises, seasonally and working-day adjusted (sa-wda). The substantial fall in self-managed micro-entrepreneurs births (-5.0% after -4.1%) was partly offset by the rise in other business set-ups (+0.7% after +1.6%).

-5.2% year-on-year (quarterly basis)

The raw amount of births added up in the last three months went down compared to the same same months one year before (-5.2% for all enterprises and -20.2% for self-managed micro-entrepreneurs alone). The sectors that most contributed1 to that decrease were construction and retail.

-1.3% year-on-year (twelve months basis)

During the last twelve months, the raw number of business start-ups decreased (-1.3% year-on-year). The drop in sole proprietorships births (-2.8%) was partly balanced by the rise in companies set-ups (+2.1%).

Nearly half of business set-ups are self–managed micro-entrepreneurs

In May 2015, 48.5% of business set-ups over the last twelve months were micro–entrepreneurs.

tab0EN – Business set-ups distribution by type

% over the twelve last months (raw data)
Business set-ups distribution by type
March 2015 April 2015 May 2015
Companies 30.5 30.7 30.9
Sole proprietorships excluding self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 19.6 20.1 20.6
Self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 49.9 49.2 48.5
  • Source: INSEE (Sirene)

(1) The contribution of a sector to the overall variation is the observed variation of this sector, weighted by the share of this sector in the total number of births.

Graph1EN – Business start-ups (sa-wda *)

  • * Seasonally and working-day adjusted data
  • Source: INSEE (Sirene)

Graph2EN – Trade and business support activities start-ups (sa-wda *)

  • * Seasonally and working-day adjusted data
  • Source : Insee, Sirene

Graph3EN – Construction and real estate business start-ups (sa-wda *)

  • * Seasonally and working-day adjusted data
  • Source : Insee, Sirene

tab1EN – Business set-ups by month (sa-wda *)

Business set-ups by month (sa-wda *)
Feb. 2015 March 2015 April 2015 May 2015
Excl. self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 24,076 24,338 24,737 24,920
Variation [m-o-m] % 2.4 1.1 1.6 0.7
Incl. self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 43,614 44,086 43,666 42,899
Variation [m-o-m] % 1.6 1.1 -1.0 -1.8
  • * Seasonally and working-day adjusted data
  • Source: INSEE (Sirene)

tab2EN – Business start-ups by type

Raw data
Business start-ups by type
Moving total % change * Moving total Moving total
over 3 months over 12 months January - May 2015 January - May 2014
Total -5.2 -1.3 225,782 241,855
Companies 0.7 2.1 72,181 72,584
Sole proprietorships -7.8 -2.8 153,601 169,271
Of which self-managed micro-entrepreneurs -20.2 -5.9 97,998 122,342
  • * Total of business start-ups during the last 3 or 12 months compared with the same months a year earlier
  • Source: INSEE (Sirene)

tab3EN – Number of business set-ups (incl. self-managed micro-enterprises)

sa-wda *
Number of business set-ups (incl. self-managed micro-enterprises)
NA March 2015 April 2015 May 2015
Total 44,086 43,666 42,899
Industry BE 2,005 2,077 2,023
Of which Manufacturing C 1,742 1,777 1,735
Construction FZ 5,537 5,406 5,340
Wholesale and retail trade, Transport, Accommodation and Food and beverage activities GI 12,495 12,245 12,132
Of which Trade G 8,301 8,155 8,236
Of which Transportation and storage H 2,028 1,719 1,351
Of which Accommodation and food service activities I 2,341 2,359 2,330
Information and communication JZ 2,204 2,201 2,101
Financial and insurance activities KZ 1,395 1,319 1,330
Real estate activities LZ 1,347 1,355 1,353
Business support activities MN 9,489 9,491 9,130
Public administration and defence, education, human health and social work activities OQ 5,423 5,405 5,271
Other services activities RS 4,192 4,166 4,218
  • * Seasonally and working-day adjusted data
  • Source : Insee, Sirene

tab3bisEN – Fluctuation in the number of business set-ups (incl. self-managed micro-entrepreneurs)

In %
Fluctuation in the number of business set-ups (incl. self-managed micro-entrepreneurs)
NA May 15 / April 15 Moving total % change**
sa-wda * over 3 months over 12 months
Total -1.8 -5.2 -1.3
Industry BE -2.6 -14.6 -5.4
Of which Manufacturing C -2.3 -17.7 -4.7
Construction FZ -1.2 -17.0 -12.3
Wholesale and retail trade, Transport, Accommodation and Food and beverage activities GI -0.9 -2.7 0.0
Of which Trade G 1.0 -9.0 -5.8
Of which Transportation and storage H -21.5 60.6 41.9
Of which Accommodation and food service activities I -1.3 -4.4 4.9
Information and communication JZ -4.5 -2.2 0.1
Financial and insurance activities KZ 0.8 16.8 11.4
Real estate activities LZ -0.1 -1.6 -3.0
Business support activities MN -3.8 -3.2 1.1
Public administration and defence, education, human health and social work activities OQ -2.5 3.0 6.4
Other services activities RS 1.2 -9.0 -4.2
  • * Seasonally and working-day adjusted data
  • ** Total of business start-ups during the last 3 or 12 months compared with the same months a year earlier
  • Source : Insee, Sirene