Slight rise in business start-ups in March 2016Enterprises births - March 2016

In March 2016, the number of business births slightly recovered (+0.2% following -0.7% for all entreprises, seasonally and working-day adjusted). The increase in sole proprietorships excluding self-managed micro-entrepreneurs (+1.4%) was offset by the drop in micro-entrepreneurs' registrations (-1.5%).

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Paru le : 12/04/2016
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In March 2016, the number of business births slightly recovered (+0.2% following −0.7% for all entreprises, seasonally and working-day adjusted). The increase in sole proprietorships excluding self-managed micro-entrepreneurs (+1.4%) was offset by the drop in micro-entrepreneurs' registrations (−1.5%).

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 *)
Dec. 2015 Jan. 2016 Feb. 2016 March 2016
Excl. self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 26,106 27,303 26,611 26,972
Variation [m-o-m] % −0.2 4.6 −2.5 1.4
Incl. self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 44,911 46,149 45,804 45,875
Variation [m-o-m] % 1.4 2.8 −0.7 0.2
  • * Seasonally and working-day adjusted data
  • Source: INSEE (Sirene)

+5.7% year-on-year (quarterly basis)

The raw amount of births added up in the first quarter of 2016 went up clearly compared to the same quarter one year before (+5.7%). Over this period, set-ups excluding self-managed micro-entrepreneurs improved sharply (+14.0% for companies and +11.9% for sole proprietorship start-ups excluding self-managed micro-entrepreneurs). Over the same period micro-entrepreneur's registrations came down by 3.6%. 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- March 2016 January- March 2015
Total 5.7 -1.9 150,460 142,376
Companies 14.0 7.5 50,901 44,659
Sole proprietorships 1.9 -0.6 99,559 97,717
Of which excluding self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 11.9 2.6 38,757 34,643
Of which self-managed micro-entrepreneurs −3.6 −1.8 60,802 63,074
  • * Total of business start-ups during the last 3 or 12 months compared with the same months a year earlier
  • Source: INSEE (Sirene)

−1.9% year-on-year (twelve months basis)

The raw number of business start-ups totted up during the last twelve months decreased by 1.9% year-on-year. This fall was due to the significant drop in self-managed micro-entrepreneurs' set-ups (−18.4%). Conversely, sole proprietorships creations excluding self-managed micro-entrepreneurs shoot up (+25.7%) and companies' start-ups grew sharply (+7.5%).

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

In March 2016, micro–entrepreneurs' registrations amounted to 41.5% of business set-ups over the twelve last months. One year before, the share was 49.9%.

tab0EN – Business set-ups distribution by type

% over the twelve last months (raw data)
Business set-ups distribution by type
Jan. 2016 Feb. 2016 March 2016
Companies 33,0 33,2 33,4
Sole proprietorships excluding self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 24,9 25,0 25,1
Self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 42,1 41,8 41,5
  • 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.

Business set-ups by economic activity

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 Jan. 2016 Feb. 2016 March 2016
Total 46,149 45,804 45,875
Industry BE 2,084 1,817 2,120
Of which Manufacturing C 1,818 1,691 1,777
Construction FZ 5,401 5,361 5,019
Wholesale and retail trade, Transport, Accommodation and Food and beverage activities GI 13,214 13,247 13,152
Of which Trade G 8,427 8,409 8,375
Of which Transportation and storage H 2,385 2,515 2,720
Of which Accommodation and food service activities I 2,473 2,476 2,505
Information and communication JZ 2,305 2,333 2,311
Financial and insurance activities KZ 1,287 1,382 1,405
Real estate activities LZ 1,568 1,567 1,622
Business support activities MN 10,245 10,330 10,253
Public administration and defence, education, human health and social work activities OQ 5,768 5,577 5,602
Other services activities RS 4,278 4,189 4,389
  • * 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 March 16 / Feb. 16 Moving total % change**
sa-wda * over 3 months over 12 months
Total 0.2 5.7 -1.9
Industry BE 16.7 0.8 -11.5
Of which Manufacturing C 5.1 1.5 -13.5
Construction FZ −6.4 −4.0 −12.7
Wholesale and retail trade, Transport, Accommodation and Food and beverage activities GI −0.7 11.0 0.9
Of which Trade G −0.4 1.6 −6.6
Of which Transportation and storage H 8.1 73.2 56.5
Of which Accommodation and food service activities I 1.2 7.0 −2.6
Information and communication JZ −1.0 6.1 −2.3
Financial and insurance activities KZ 1.7 4.8 6.9
Real estate activities LZ 3.5 18.5 13.8
Business support activities MN −0.8 8.1 1.1
Public administration and defence, education, human health and social work activities OQ 0.4 3.4 1.4
Other services activities RS 4.8 −0.4 −7.1
  • * 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)