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Rebound in business start-ups in January 2018Enterprise births - January 2018

In January 2018, the number of business births for all entreprises fell back (+3.6% after −1.5% in December, seasonally and working-day adjusted). This was due to the sharp growth in micro-entrepreneurs' registrations (+9.1% after −6.5%). On the other hand, conventional businesses fell back slightly (−0.3% after +2.3%).

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Paru le : 13/02/2018
Prochaine parution le : 15/11/2018 at 08:45 - October 2018

In January 2018, the number of business births for all entreprises fell back (+3.6% after −1.5% in December, seasonally and working-day adjusted). This was due to the sharp growth in micro-entrepreneurs' registrations (+9.1% after −6.5%). On the other hand, conventional businesses fell back slightly (−0.3% after +2.3%).

Graph1 – Monthly business start-ups (SA-WDA *)

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

Table1 – Business set-ups by month (SA-WDA *)

Business set-ups by month (SA-WDA *)
Oct. 2017 Nov. 2017 Dec. 2017 Jan. 2018
Total of enterprise start-ups 51,695 54,557 53,728 55,675
Variation [m-o-m] % 2.8 5.5 -1.5 3.6
Conventional businesses 30,915 30,693 31,411 31,322
Variation [m-o-m] % 4.5 -0.7 2.3 -0.3
Self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 20,781 23,865 22,317 24,353
Variation [m-o-m] % 0.3 14.8 -6.5 9.1
  • * Seasonally and working-day adjusted data
  • Source: INSEE, REE (Sirene)

+7.7% over the twelve last months

The raw number of business start-ups totted up during the last twelve months kept accelerating (+7.7% after +6.7% in December and +6.1% in November). All the types of business start-ups increased: micro-entrepreneurs' registrations (+10.5%), conventional sole proprietorship start-ups (+8.1%) and company births (+4.1%).

Upsurge of business setp-ups in business support activities over the twelve last months

In raw data over the twelve last months, business support activities was the sector that contributed the most to the overall rise (+16,600 business start-ups, which comes to a contribution of 3 points to the total)1. Within it, the increase was the higher in business and management counselling (+10,700 over the twelve last months).

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

In January 2018, the share of micro–entrepreneurs' registrations in the businesses set up over the last twelve months increased for the third month in a row and reached 41.3%.

Table0 – Business set-ups distribution by type

% over the twelve last months (raw data)
Business set-ups distribution by type
Nov. 2017 Dec. 2017 Jan. 2018
Companies 33.7 33.5 33.0
Conventional sole proprietorships 25.6 25.6 25.8
Self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 40.7 40.9 41.3
  • Source: INSEE, REE (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.

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 in January 2018 in January 2017
Total 17.0 7.7 64,206 53,173
Companies 2.5 4.1 18,197 17,623
Conventional sole proprietorships 20.5 8.1 17,461 13,859
Self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 27.6 10.5 28,548 21,691
  • * Total of business start-ups during the last 3 or 12 months compared with the same months a year earlier
  • Source: INSEE, REE (Sirene)

Revisions

The variation in the overall number of business births in November 2017 has been raised by 0.4 points to −1.5% 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 monthly start-ups (SA-WDA *)

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

Graph3 – Construction and transportation business monthly set-ups (SA-WDA *)

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

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

SA-WDA *
Number of monthly business set-ups (incl. self-managed micro-entrepreneurs)
NA Nov. 2017 Dec. 2017 Jan. 2018
Total 54,557 53,728 55,675
Industry BE 2,197 2,194 2,208
Of which Manufacturing C 1,947 1,971 1,942
Construction FZ 5,447 5,526 5,222
Wholesale and retail trade, Transport, Accommodation and Food and beverage activities GI 15,904 16,204 16,580
Trade G 8,903 8,973 9,067
Transportation and storage H 4,284 4,478 4,817
Accommodation and food service activities I 2,718 2,753 2,696
Information and communication JZ 2,746 2,719 2,782
Financial and insurance activities KZ 1,454 1,475 1,439
Real estate activities LZ 2,076 2,035 2,119
Business support activities MN 13,730 12,284 13,511
Public administration and defence, education, human health and social work activities OQ 6,195 6,337 6,624
Other services activities RS 4,808 4,955 5,191
  • * Seasonally and working-day adjusted data
  • Source: INSEE, REE (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 Jan. 18 / Dec. 17 Moving total % change**
SA-WDA * over 3 months over 12 months
Total 3.6 17.0 7.7
Industry BE 0.7 6.3 2.2
Of which Manufacturing C -1.5 10.5 3.1
Construction FZ -5.5 9.5 -0.3
Wholesale and retail trade, Transport, Accommodation and Food and beverage activities GI 2.3 19.8 7.4
Trade G 1.0 13.1 3.0
Transportation and storage H 7.6 49.9 26.2
Accommodation and food service activities I -2.1 1.5 0.3
Information and communication JZ 2.3 18.9 8.9
Financial and insurance activities KZ -2.4 9.0 4.5
Real estate activities LZ 4.1 24.9 18.7
Business support activities MN 10.0 21.9 13.1
Public administration and defence, education, human health and social work activities OQ 4.5 7.0 4.2
Other services activities RS 4.8 22.0 8.6
  • * 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, REE (Sirene)