Downturn in business start-ups in April 2017Enterprise births - April 2017

In April 2017, the number of business births for all entreprises fell back (−1.7% after +2.3% in March, seasonally and working-day adjusted). This was mostly due to micro-entrepreneurs' registrations (−3.6%) and at a lessser extent to start-ups excluding self-managed micro-entrepreneurs (−0.4%).

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In April 2017, the number of business births for all entreprises fell back (−1.7% after +2.3% in March, seasonally and working-day adjusted). This was mostly due to micro-entrepreneurs' registrations (−3.6%) and at a lessser extent to start-ups excluding self-managed micro-entrepreneurs (−0.4%).

Graph1 – Business start-ups (sa-wda *)

  • * Seasonally and working-day adjusted data
  • Source: INSEE (Sirene)

Table1 – Business set-ups by month (sa-wda *)

Business set-ups by month (sa-wda *)
Jan. 2017 Feb. 2017 March 2017 April 2017
Excl. self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 27,928 27,953 28,577 28,449
Variation [m-o-m] % 1.1 0.1 2.2 -0.4
Incl. self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 46,791 46,135 47,205 46,399
Variation [m-o-m] % 1.7 -1.4 2.3 -1.7
  • * Seasonally and working-day adjusted data
  • Source: INSEE (Sirene)

Stability year on year (three months basis)

Compared to the same period one year before, the raw amount of births added up in the last three months was stable in April (after +6.2% in raw data). Micro-entrepreneurs' registrations slipped back (−4.3%) while other types of enterprise start-ups kept rising: companies by +3.2% and sole proprietorship start-ups excluding micro-entrepreneurs by +2.4%. The higher growth in business start-ups was recorded in the transportation sector and the higher drop in trade.

Table2 – 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 2017 January- April 2016
Total 0.0 4.6 203,455 198,271
Companies 3.2 7.2 71,013 67,537
Sole proprietorships (SP) –1.7 3.3 132,442 130,734
SP excluding self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 2.4 7.7 52,946 50,843
Self-managed micro-entrepreneurs -4.3 0.7 79,496 79,891
  • * Total of business start-ups during the last 3 or 12 months compared with the same months a year earlier
  • Source: INSEE (Sirene)

+4.6% year on year (twelve months basis)

The raw number of business start-ups totted up during the last twelve months kept advancing sharply (+4.6% year on year after +5.8%). This rise was mainly a result of sole proprietorship start-ups excluding self-managed micro-entrepreneurs (+7.7%) and company births (+7.2%). As for micro-entrepreneurs' registrations, they slightly rose (+0.7%).

A little less than two business set-ups out of five are self-managed micro-entrepreneurs' registrations

In April 2017, the share of micro–entrepreneurs' registrations in the businesses set up over the twelve last months amounted to 39.8%. One year before, it was 41.3%.

Table0 – Business set-ups distribution by type

% over the twelve last months (raw data)
Business set-ups distribution by type
Feb. 2017 March 2017 April 2017
Companies 34.1 34.3 34.4
Sole proprietorships excluding self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 25.7 25.8 25.8
Self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 40.2 40.0 39.8
  • Source: INSEE (Sirene)

Revisions

The variation in the overall number of business births in March 2017 has been lowered by 0.1 points to +2.3% due to the revision of raw data and the update of the SA-WDA parameters.

Business set-ups by economic activity

Graph2 – Trade and business support activities start-ups (sa-wda *)

  • * Seasonally and working-day adjusted data
  • Source: INSEE (Sirene)

Graph3 – Construction and transportation business set-ups (sa-wda *)

  • * Seasonally and working-day adjusted data
  • Source: INSEE (Sirene)

Table3 – Number of business set-ups (incl. self-managed micro-enterprises)

sa-wda *
Number of business set-ups (incl. self-managed micro-enterprises)
NA Feb. 2017 March 2017 April 2017
Total 46,135 47,205 46,399
Industry BE 2,066 2,024 1,969
Of which Manufacturing C 1,756 1,761 1,710
Construction FZ 4,929 4,994 4,838
Wholesale and retail trade, Transport, Accommodation and Food and beverage activities GI 13,667 13,818 13,362
Trade G 7,720 7,784 7,763
Transportation and storage H 3,384 3,451 3,013
Accommodation and food service activities I 2,563 2,583 2,586
Information and communication JZ 2,348 2,385 2,308
Financial and insurance activities KZ 1,381 1,374 1,370
Real estate activities LZ 1,573 1,750 1,833
Business support activities MN 10,429 10,761 10,758
Public administration and defence, education, human health and social work activities OQ 5,905 5,988 5,888
Other services activities RS 3,838 4,110 4,074
  • * Seasonally and working-day adjusted data
  • Source: INSEE (Sirene)

Table4 – 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 17 / March 17 Moving total % change**
sa-wda * over 3 months over 12 months
Total -1.7 0.0 4.6
Industry BE -2.7 -2.7 2.0
Of which Manufacturing C -2.9 -5.2 0.2
Construction FZ -3.1 -7.0 -4.1
Wholesale and retail trade, Transport, Accommodation and Food and beverage activities GI -3.3 0.7 6.9
Trade G -0.3 -6.8 -2.6
Transportation and storage H -12.7 27.0 42.4
Accommodation and food service activities I 0.1 -0.2 7.1
Information and communication JZ -3.2 -0.2 6.7
Financial and insurance activities KZ -0.3 1.2 2.4
Real estate activities LZ 4.7 9.2 9.3
Business support activities MN 0.0 2.4 7.5
Public administration and defence, education, human health and social work activities OQ -1.7 2.4 5.5
Other services activities RS -0.9 -3.7 -0.2
  • * 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)