Rise in business start-ups in October 2017Enterprise births - October 2017

In October 2017, the number of business births for all entreprises rose (+2.6%, seasonally and working-day adjusted), following a near-stability in September. Start-ups excluding self-managed micro-entrepreneurs speeded up (+4.2% after +0.6%) and micro-entrepreneurs' registrations slightly rebounded (+0.3% after −0.3%).

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Paru le : 15/11/2017
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In October 2017, the number of business births for all entreprises rose (+2.6%, seasonally and working-day adjusted), following a near-stability in September. Start-ups excluding self-managed micro-entrepreneurs speeded up (+4.2% after +0.6%) and micro-entrepreneurs' registrations slightly rebounded (+0.3% after −0.3%).

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 *)
July 2017 Aug. 2017 Sept. 2017 Oct. 2017
Excl. self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 29,301 29,588 29,775 31,012
Variation [m-o-m] % 0.3 1.0 0.6 4.2
Incl. self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 50,677 50,127 50,249 51,547
Variation [m-o-m] % 3.7 -1.1 0.2 2.6
  • * Seasonally and working-day adjusted data
  • Source: INSEE (Sirene)

+10.6% 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 went up strongly (+10.6% in raw data). Micro-entrepreneurs' registrations increased sharply (+13.8%) as well as sole proprietorship start-ups excluding micro-entrepreneurs (+9.9%). It was also the case for company births but at a slower pace (+6.8%). Business support activities and trade 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- October 2017 January- October 2016
Total 10.6 5.3 489,069 464,452
Companies 6.8 5.8 164,667 156,111
Sole proprietorships (SP) 12.3 5.0 324,402 308,341
SP excluding self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 9.9 4.8 126,201 120,560
Self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 13.8 5.2 198,201 187,781
  • * Total of business start-ups during the last 3 or 12 months compared with the same months a year earlier
  • Source: INSEE (Sirene)

+5.3% over the last twelve months

The raw number of business start-ups totted up during the last twelve months kept growing (+5.3% after +3.2%). All the types of business start-ups expanded : company births by +5.8%, micro-entrepreneurs' registrations by +5.2% and sole proprietorship start-ups excluding self-managed micro-entrepreneurs by +4.8%.

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

In October 2017, the share of micro–entrepreneurs' registrations in the businesses set up over the last twelve months was steady at 40.3%.

Table0 – Business set-ups distribution by type

% over the twelve last months (raw data)
Business set-ups distribution by type
Aug. 2017 Sept. 2017 Oct. 2017
Companies 34.4 34.3 34.1
Sole proprietorships excluding self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 25.5 25.4 25.6
Self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 40.1 40.3 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.

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 Aug. 2017 Sept. 2017 Oct. 2017
Total 50,127 50,249 51,547
Industry BE 2,137 2,192 2,225
Of which Manufacturing C 1,883 1,948 1,954
Construction FZ 5,127 5,094 5,353
Wholesale and retail trade, Transport, Accommodation and Food and beverage activities GI 14,534 14,362 15,069
Trade G 8,566 8,567 9,004
Transportation and storage H 3,410 3,168 3,457
Accommodation and food service activities I 2,557 2,628 2,609
Information and communication JZ 2,510 2,595 2,544
Financial and insurance activities KZ 1,376 1,447 1,408
Real estate activities LZ 1,959 1,984 2,030
Business support activities MN 11,774 12,026 12,034
Public administration and defence, education, human health and social work activities OQ 6,198 6,040 6,181
Other services activities RS 4,513 4,509 4,704
  • * 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 Oct. 17 / Sept. 17 Moving total % change**
SA-WDA * over 3 months over 12 months
Total 2.6 10.6 5.3
Industry BE 1.5 9.0 2.2
Of which Manufacturing C 0.3 11.3 1.2
Construction FZ 5.1 3.9 -3.0
Wholesale and retail trade, Transport, Accommodation and Food and beverage activities GI 4.9 9.2 4.7
Trade G 5.1 10.4 0.1
Transportation and storage H 9.1 13.2 20.2
Accommodation and food service activities I -0.7 0.3 2.8
Information and communication JZ -2.0 12.1 6.3
Financial and insurance activities KZ -2.7 6.5 3.5
Real estate activities LZ 2.3 26.0 15.0
Business support activities MN 0.1 16.0 10.0
Public administration and defence, education, human health and social work activities OQ 2.3 5.1 5.2
Other services activities RS 4.3 14.1 4.2
  • * 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)