Rebound in business start-ups in February 2015Enterprise births - February 2015

Warning: Since December 19, 2014, new provisions defined by the Pinel law of 18 June 2014 apply to self-managed enterprises, now called micro-entrepreneurs instead of “auto-entrepreneurs”. This new denomination is used from December 2014 business start-ups data onward.

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No 58
Paru le : 13/03/2015
Prochaine parution le : 14/12/2017 at 08:45 - November 2017

Warning: Since December 19, 2014, new provisions defined by the Pinel law of 18 June 2014 apply to self-managed enterprises, now called micro-entrepreneurs instead of “auto-entrepreneurs”. This new denomination is used from December 2014 business start-ups data onward.

This status must be distinguished from both simplified tax scheme (sometimes called tax regime of micro-enterprise) and category of microenterprises defined under Article 51 of the law on the modernization of the economy (LME) and specified by Decree No. 2008-1354.

In February 2015, the number of business start-ups including self-managed micro-entrepreneurs rose anew by 1.5%, seasonally and working-day adjusted (sa-wda), after a sharp decline in January (-7.7%). The rebound is stronger when excluding self-managed micro-entrepreneurs (+2.7%).

-3.0% year-on-year (quarterly basis)

The raw amount of births added up in the last three months went down compared to the same months one year before (-3.0% for all enterprises and -10.9% for self-managed micro-entrepreneurs alone).

The sectors that most contributed1 to that decrease were construction and retail.

+0.4% year-on-year (twelve months basis)

During the last twelve months, the raw number of business start-ups sligthly increased (+0.4% year-on-year). The rise in companies start-ups (+3.5% y-o-y) is nearly balanced by the decrease in sole proprietorships births (-1.0% in one year).

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

In February 2015, 50.5% of business set-ups over the last twelve months were micro–entrepreneurs. This part decreased by one point since the end of 2014.

tab0EN – Business set-ups distribution by type %

Raw data moving total over 12 months
Business set-ups distribution by type %
Dec. 2014 Jan. 2015 Feb. 2015
Companies 30.1 30.3 30.4
Sole proprietorships excluding self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 18.4 18.7 19.1
Self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 51.5 51.0 50.5
  • Source: INSEE (Sirene)

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

Business set-ups by month (sa-wda *)
Nov. 2014 Dec. 2014 Jan. 2015 Feb. 2015
Excl. self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 22,448 22,733 23,453 24,095
Variation [m-o-m] % 1.6 1.3 3.2 2.7
Incl., self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 46,198 46,864 43,268 43,905
Variation [m-o-m] % 1.1 1.4 -7.7 1.5
  • * 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- February 2015 January- February 2014
Total -3.0 0.4 92,594 100,677
Companies 1.4 3.5 28,951 29,495
Sole proprietorships -5.0 -1.0 63,643 71,182
Of which self-managed micro-entrepreneurs -10.9 -0.8 41,339 50,924
  • * Total of business start-ups during the last 3 or 12 months compared with the same months a year earlier
  • Source: INSEE (Sirene)

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

  • * Seasonally and working-day adjusted data
  • 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.