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Near stability in business start-ups in September 2017Enterprise births - September 2017

In September 2017, the number of business births for all entreprises was pratically stable (+0.2%, seasonally and working-day adjusted). Start-ups excluding self-managed micro-entrepreneurs increased slightly (+0.5%) and micro-entrepreneurs' registrations were almost unchanged (−0.2%).

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Paru le : 13/10/2017
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In September 2017, the number of business births for all entreprises was pratically stable (+0.2%, seasonally and working-day adjusted). Start-ups excluding self-managed micro-entrepreneurs increased slightly (+0.5%) and micro-entrepreneurs' registrations were almost unchanged (−0.2%).

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 *)
June 2017 July 2017 Aug. 2017 Sept. 2017
Excl. self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 29,143 29,213 29,459 29,603
Variation [m-o-m] % 1.7 0.2 0.8 0.5
Incl. self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 48,740 50,546 49,920 50,023
Variation [m-o-m] % 2.6 3.7 -1.2 0.2
  • * Seasonally and working-day adjusted data
  • Source: INSEE (Sirene)

+7.4% year on year (quaterly basis)

Compared to the same period one year before, the raw amount of births added up in the third quarter went up sharply (+7.4% in raw data). Micro-entrepreneurs' registrations speeded up again (+14.1% after +12.1%) and company births kept growing (+4.6% after +6.1%). Sole proprietorship start-ups excluding micro-entrepreneurs went up too but at a slower pace (+1.0%). Business support activities and other service activities were the sectors that contributed the most to the overall rise1.

Table2 – Cumulated business start-ups by type

Raw data
Cumulated business start-ups by type
Moving total % change * Moving total Moving total
over 3 months over 12 months January- September 2017 January- September 2016
Total 7.4 3.2 433,401 418,293
Companies 4.6 4.6 147,394 141,050
Sole proprietorships (SP) 8.8 2.5 286,007 277,243
SP excluding self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 1.0 2.4 111,594 109,227
Self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 14.1 2.6 174,413 168,016
  • * Total of business start-ups during the last 3 or 12 months compared with the same months a year earlier
  • Source: INSEE (Sirene)

+3.2% over the last twelve months

The raw number of business start-ups totted up during the last twelve months kept increasing (+3.2% after +3.4%). Company births rose by +4.6% and the other types of business start-ups expanded more modestly: +2.6% for micro-entrepreneurs' registrations and +2.4% for sole proprietorship start-ups excluding self-managed micro-entrepreneurs.

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

In September 2017, the share of micro–entrepreneurs' registrations in the businesses set up over the last twelve months edged up for the third month in a row, at 40.3%.

Table0 – Business set-ups distribution by type

% over the twelve last months (raw data)
Business set-ups distribution by type
July 2017 Aug. 2017 Sept. 2017
Companies 34.5 34.4 34.3
Sole proprietorships excluding self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 25.6 25.5 25.4
Self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 39.9 40.1 40.3
  • Source: INSEE (Sirene)

1 The contribution of a sector to the overall variation is the variation observed in this sector, weighted by the share of this sector in the total number of births.

Revisions

The variation in the overall number of business births in August 2017 has been lowered by 0.2 points to −1.2% 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-entrepreneurs)

SA-WDA *
Number of business set-ups (incl. self-managed micro-entrepreneurs)
NA July 2017 Aug. 2017 Sept. 2017
Total 50,546 49,920 50,023
Industry BE 2,172 2,147 2,190
Of which Manufacturing C 1,917 1,889 1,953
Construction FZ 5,213 5,072 5,012
Wholesale and retail trade, Transport, Accommodation and Food and beverage activities GI 14,311 14,460 14,276
Trade G 8,257 8,508 8,486
Transportation and storage H 3,374 3,384 3,144
Accommodation and food service activities I 2,680 2,569 2,646
Information and communication JZ 2,587 2,520 2,598
Financial and insurance activities KZ 1,401 1,377 1,456
Real estate activities LZ 1,956 1,971 1,991
Business support activities MN 12,276 11,703 11,988
Public administration and defence, education, human health and social work activities OQ 5,962 6,183 6,020
Other services activities RS 4,668 4,487 4,492
  • * 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 Sept. 17 / August 17 Moving total % change**
SA-WDA * over 3 months over 12 months
Total 0.2 7.4 3.2
Industry BE 2.0 5.9 0.1
Of which Manufacturing C 3.4 7.2 -1.4
Construction FZ -1.2 -1.7 -5.2
Wholesale and retail trade, Transport, Accommodation and Food and beverage activities GI -1.3 5.2 2.8
Trade G -0.3 3.8 -2.9
Transportation and storage H -7.1 11.6 20.6
Accommodation and food service activities I 3.0 2.4 2.6
Information and communication JZ 3.1 9.8 4.2
Financial and insurance activities KZ 5.8 7.7 3.0
Real estate activities LZ 1.0 22.5 11.8
Business support activities MN 2.4 14.5 7.5
Public administration and defence, education, human health and social work activities OQ -2.6 3.1 4.2
Other services activities RS 0.1 8.7 1.0
  • * 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)