Rebound in business start-ups in April 2016Enterprise births - April 2016

In April 2016, the number of business births rebounded (+1.8% following -1.1% for all entreprises, seasonally and working-day adjusted). The micro-entrepreneurs' registrations picked up (+4.1%) and sole proprietorships excluding self-managed micro-entrepreneurs stabilised practically (+0.3%).

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Paru le : 13/05/2016
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In April 2016, the number of business births rebounded (+1.8% following −1.1% for all entreprises, seasonally and working-day adjusted). The micro-entrepreneurs' registrations picked up (+4.1%) and sole proprietorships excluding self-managed micro-entrepreneurs stabilised practically (+0.3%).

Graph1EN – 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 *)
Jan. 2016 Feb. 2016 March 2016 April 2016
Excl. self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 27,284 26,617 26,812 26,887
Variation [m-o-m] % 4.1 -2.4 0.7 0.3
Incl. self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 46,201 45,918 45,396 46,225
Variation [m-o-m] % 2.9 -0.6 -1.1 1.8
  • * Seasonally and working-day adjusted data
  • Source: INSEE (Sirene)

+5.8% year-on-year (quarterly basis)

The raw amount of births added up in the last three months went up clearly compared to the same period one year before (+5.8%), due to the companies (+12.7%) and sole proprietorship start-ups excluding self-managed micro-entrepreneurs (+9.0%). Over the same period micro-entrepreneur's registrations faltered by 1.3%. Transportation remained the sector that most contributed to the overall rise.1

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- April 2016 January- April 2015
Total 5.8 -0.9 198,864 188,875
Companies 12.7 8.3 67,738 60,102
Sole proprietorships 2.5 -4.9 131,126 128,773
Of which excluding self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 9.0 23.6 51,019 46,343
Of which self-managed micro-entrepreneurs -1.3 -16.6 80,107 82,430
  • * Total of business start-ups during the last 3 or 12 months compared with the same months a year earlier
  • Source: INSEE (Sirene)

−0.9% year-on-year (twelve months basis)

The raw number of business start-ups totted up during the last twelve months decreased by 0.9% year-on-year. This drop was due to the significant fall in self-managed micro-entrepreneurs' set-ups (−16.6%). Conversely, sole proprietorships creations excluding self-managed micro-entrepreneurs grew sharply (+23.6%) as well as, albeit to a lesser extent, companies' start-ups (+8.3%).

Two business set-ups out of five are self-managed micro-entrepreneur's registrations

In April 2016, micro–entrepreneurs' registrations amounted to 41.3% of business set-ups over the twelve last months. One year before, the share was 49.2%.

tab0EN – Business set-ups distribution by type

% over the twelve last months (raw data)
Business set-ups distribution by type
Feb. 2016 March 2016 April 2016
Companies 33.2 33.4 33.6
Sole proprietorships excluding self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 25.0 25.1 25.1
Self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 41.8 41.5 41.3
  • 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.

Business set-ups by economic activity

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

  • Source: INSEE (Sirene)

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

  • * Seasonally and working-day adjusted data
  • 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 Feb. 2016 March 2016 April 2016
Total 45,918 45,396 46,225
Industry BE 1,979 2,069 2,007
Of which Manufacturing C 1,768 1,832 1,809
Construction FZ 5,415 5,149 5,323
Wholesale and retail trade, Transport, Accommodation and Food and beverage activities GI 13,225 12,956 13,342
Of which Trade G 8,389 8,102 8,202
Of which Transportation and storage H 2,460 2,598 2,725
Of which Accommodation and food service activities I 2,426 2,529 2,516
Information and communication JZ 2,318 2,265 2,337
Financial and insurance activities KZ 1,336 1,368 1,362
Real estate activities LZ 1,525 1,562 1,525
Business support activities MN 10,318 10,215 10,350
Public administration and defence, education, human health and social work activities OQ 5,608 5,602 5,822
Other services activities RS 4,195 4,209 4,159
  • * 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 April 16 / March 16 Moving total % change**
sa-wda * over 3 months over 12 months
Total 1.8 5.8 -0.9
Industry BE –3 -0.1 -10.7
Of which Manufacturing C –1,2 2.1 -12.0
Construction FZ 3,4 -2.7 -10.8
Wholesale and retail trade, Transport, Accommodation and Food and beverage activities GI 3 9.1 1.9
Of which Trade G 1,2 0.3 -5.8
Of which Transportation and storage H 4,9 59.8 56.9
Of which Accommodation and food service activities I –0,5 7.4 -1.5
Information and communication JZ 3,2 7.8 -1.9
Financial and insurance activities KZ –0,5 5.6 6.4
Real estate activities LZ –2,4 16.7 15.0
Business support activities MN 1,3 8.8 2.1
Public administration and defence, education, human health and social work activities OQ 3,9 5.0 1.7
Other services activities RS –1,2 -0.5 -6.5
  • Source: INSEE (Sirene)