Near stability in business start-ups in February 2016Enterprises births - February 2016

In February 2016, the number of business births was almost unchanged (–0.1% following +1.4% for all entreprises, seasonally and working-day adjusted). The downturn in start-ups excluding self-managed micro-entrepreneurs (–1.7%) was offset by a new rise in micro-entrepreneurs’ registrations (+2.2%).

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Paru le : 17/03/2016
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In February 2016, the number of business births was almost unchanged (–0.1% following +1.4% for all entreprises, seasonally and working-day adjusted). The downturn in start-ups excluding self-managed micro-entrepreneurs (–1.7%) was offset by a new rise in micro-entrepreneurs’ registrations (+2.2%).

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 *)
Nov. 2015 Dec. 2015 Jan. 2016 Feb. 2016
Excl. self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 26,164 26,083 27,340 26,879
Variation [m-o-m] % 0.3 -0.3 4.8 -1.7
Incl. self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 44,285 44,864 46,269 46,220
Variation [m-o-m] % -0.6 1.3 3.1 -0.1
  • * Seasonally and working-day adjusted data
  • Source: INSEE (Sirene)

+3.5% year-on-year (quarterly basis)

The raw amount of births added up in the last three months went up by 3.5% compared to the same months one year before. Over this period, company set-ups (+12.5%) and even more sole proprietorship start-ups excluding self-managed micro-entrepreneurs (+17.2%) shoot up. By contrast, micro-entrepreneur’s registrations fell by 9.8% over the same period. Transportation was the sector that most contributed to the overall rise1.

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 2016 January- February 2015
Total 3.5 −2.1 97,282 91,889
Companies 12.5 6.8 33,066 28,774
Sole proprietorships −0.8 −6.0 64,216 63,115
Excluding self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 17.2 28.2 25,101 22,123
Self-managed micro-entrepreneurs −9.8 −19.0 39,115 40,992
  • * Total of business start-ups during the last 3 or 12 months compared with the same months a year earlier
  • Source: INSEE (Sirene)

−2.1% year-on-year (twelve months basis)

The raw number of business start-ups totted up during the last twelve months was down by 2.1% year-on-year due to the sharp drop of self-managed micro-entrepreneurs’ set-ups (−19.0%). Conversely, sole proprietorships creations excluding self-managed micro-entrepreneurs took off (+28.2%) and companies’ start-ups increased markedly by 6.8%.

The share of self-managed micro-entrepreneur’s registrations has continued to decrease

In February 2016, micro–entrepreneurs’ registrations amounted to 41.8% of business set-ups over the twelve last months. One year before, the share was 50.5%.

tab0EN – Business set-ups distribution by type

% over the twelve last months (raw data)
Business set-ups distribution by type
Dec. 2015 Jan. 2016 Feb. 2016
Companies 32.8 33.0 33.2
Sole proprietorships excluding self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 24.7 24.9 25.0
Self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 42.6 42.1 41.8
  • 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.

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 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 Dec. 2015 Jan. 2016 Feb. 2016
Total 44,864 46,269 46,220
Industry BE 1,948 2,050 1,947
Of which Manufacturing C 1,725 1,809 1,674
Construction FZ 5,067 5,407 5,441
Wholesale and retail trade, Transport, Accommodation and Food and beverage activities GI 13,235 13,278 13,357
Of which Trade G 8,143 8,485 8,489
Of which Transportation and storage H 2,522 2,385 2,522
Of which Accommodation and food service activities I 2,387 2,480 2,480
Information and communication JZ 2,190 2,293 2,325
Financial and insurance activities KZ 1,163 1,289 1,385
Real estate activities LZ 1,507 1,584 1,592
Business support activities MN 10,167 10,320 10,436
Public administration and defence, education, human health and social work activities OQ 5,505 5,780 5,597
Other services activities RS 4,082 4,268 4,140
  • * 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 Feb. 16 / Jan. 16 Moving total % change**
SA-WDA* over 3 months over 12 months
Total −0.1 3.5 −2.1
Industry BE −5.0 −6.9 −13.2
Of which Manufacturing C −7.5 −7.7 −15.4
Construction FZ 0.6 −5.8 −12.9
Wholesale and retail trade, Transport, Accommodation and Food and beverage activities GI 0.6 10.9 0.7
Of which Trade G 0.1 −0.6 −6.9
Of which Transportation and storage H 5.7 103.8 62.3
Of which Accommodation and food service activities I 0.0 2.0 −3.1
Information and communication JZ 1.4 2.7 −2.2
Financial and insurance activities KZ 7.4 2.2 8.8
Real estate activities LZ 0.5 18.3 12.2
Business support activities MN 1.1 6.4 0.6
Public administration and defence, education, human health and social work activities OQ −3.2 0.1 1.9
Other services activities RS −3.0 −5.4 −7.7
  • * 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)