Further rise in business start-ups in September 2016Enterprises births - September 2016

In September 2016, the number of business births for all entreprises speeded up (+2.9% following +1.6% in August), seasonally and working-day adjusted. Start-ups excluding self-managed micro-entrepreneurs went up a little more (+3.0%) than micro-entrepreneurs' registrations (+2.8%).

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In September 2016, the number of business births for all entreprises speeded up (+2.9% following +1.6% in August), seasonally and working-day adjusted. Start-ups excluding self-managed micro-entrepreneurs went up a little more (+3.0%) than micro-entrepreneurs' registrations (+2.8%).

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 *)
June 2016 July 2016 Aug. 2016 Sept. 2016
Excl. self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 27,862 27,955 28,314 29,166
Variation [m-o-m] % 0.3 0.3 1.3 3.0
Incl. self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 46,264 45,617 46,328 47,676
Variation [m-o-m] % -1.8 -1.4 1.6 2.9
  • * Seasonally and working-day adjusted data
  • Source: INSEE (Sirene)

+4.2% year-on-year (quarterly basis)

The raw amount of births added up in the third quarter grew sharply compared to the same period one year before (+4.2%). This surge was the result of sole proprietorship start-ups excluding self-managed micro-entrepreneurs (+12.8%) and company births (+5.7%). Only micro-entrepreneurs' registrations went down during this period (−2.1%). Transportation and business support activities were the sectors that once again contributed the most 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- September 2016 January- September 2015
Total 4.2 4.1 418,890 392,046
Companies 5.7 10.2 141,242 126,495
Sole proprietorships (SP) 3.4 1.2 277,648 265,551
SP excluding self- managed micro- entrepreneurs 12.8 16.6 109,391 97,429
Self-managed micro-entrepreneurs -2.1 -6.6 168,257 168,122
  • * Total of business start-ups during the last 3 or 12 months compared with the same months a year earlier
  • Source: INSEE (Sirene)

+4.1% year-on-year (twelve months basis)

The raw number of business start-ups totted up during the last twelve months kept speeding up (+4.1% year-on-year following +3.5% in August and +2.5% in July). This was due to the sharp rise in births of sole proprietorship excluding self-managed micro-entrepreneurs (+16.6%) and of companies (+10.2%). On the other hand, self-managed micro-entrepreneurs' set-ups decreased once more (−6.6%) but this decline eased (−8.4% in August).

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

In September 2016, micro–entrepreneurs' registrations amounted to 40.5% of the businesses set up over the twelve last months. One year before, the share was 45.2%.

tab0EN – Business set-ups distribution by type

% over the twelve last months (raw data)
Business set-ups distribution by type
July 2016 Aug. 2016 Sept. 2016
Companies 33.8 33.8 33.8
Sole proprietorships excluding self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 25.3 25.4 25.7
Self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 40.9 40.8 40.5
  • 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 July 2016 Aug. 2016 Sept. 2016
Total 45,617 46,328 47,676
Industry BE 1,991 1,981 2,085
Of which Manufacturing C 1,756 1,789 1,829
Construction FZ 5,143 5,129 5,066
-Wholesale and retail trade, Transport, Accommodation and Food and beverage activities GI 13,244 13,364 14,354
Trade G 7,834 8,058 8,513
Transportation and storage H 2,867 2,803 3,071
Accommodation and food service activities I 2,471 2,608 2,629
Information and communication JZ 2,260 2,395 2,336
Financial and insurance activities KZ 1,283 1,273 1,322
Real estate activities LZ 1,585 1,614 1,643
Business support activities MN 10,368 10,622 10,849
Public administration and defence, education, human health and social work activities OQ 5,607 5,815 5,810
Other services activities RS 4,136 4,134 4,212
  • * 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 Sept. 16 / August 16 Moving total % change**
sa-wda * over 3 months over 12 months
Total 2.9 4.2 4.1
Industry BE 5.3 -0.3 -2.9
Of which Manufacturing C 2.2 0.5 -3.1
Construction FZ -1.2 -5.6 -6.0
Wholesale and retail trade, Transport, Accommodation and Food and beverage activities GI 7.4 8.3 8.2
Trade G 5.7 -2.1 -2.1
Transportation and storage H 9.6 55.7 66.8
Accommodation and food service activities I 0.8 5.9 5.3
Information and communication JZ -2.5 7.6 5.1
Financial and insurance activities KZ 3.8 -2.9 2.5
Real estate activities LZ 1.8 8.6 14.3
Business support activities MN 2.1 8.0 8.0
Public administration and defence, education, human health and social work activities OQ -0.1 2.2 3.1
Other services activities RS 1.9 -0.1 -2.6
  • * 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)