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Informations Rapides · 17 September 2021 · n° 238
Informations rapidesNear stability in business births in August 2021; sharp increase over the twelve last monthsEnterprise births - August 2021

In August 2021, the number of business births for all enterprises remained almost stable (+0.1% after –1.0% in July seasonally and working-day adjusted). Micro-entrepreneurs' registrations bounced back (+3.8% after –1.0%) while conventional business births decreased sharply (–5.9% after –1.0%). The raw number of business births over the last twelve months increased strongly (+26.3%), notably due to the particularly low number of business births during the first lockdown in 2020.

Informations rapides
No 238
Paru le : Paru le 17/09/2021
Prochaine parution le : 17/11/2021 at 08:45 - October 2021

In August 2021, the number of business births for all enterprises remained almost stable (+0.1% after –1.0% in July seasonally and working-day adjusted). Micro-entrepreneurs' registrations bounced back (+3.8% after –1.0%) while conventional business births decreased sharply (–5.9% after –1.0%). The raw number of business births over the last twelve months increased strongly (+26.3%), notably due to the particularly low number of business births during the first lockdown in 2020.

Business monthly start-ups (SA-WDA*)

Business monthly start-ups (SA-WDA*) ()
Total of entreprise start-ups Conventional businesses
2009-01 35109 22342
2009-02 41710 22756
2009-03 47927 21868
2009-04 49295 21375
2009-05 53181 22011
2009-06 50134 21304
2009-07 49076 20313
2009-08 49846 20868
2009-09 49461 21019
2009-10 50224 21175
2009-11 50862 21995
2009-12 55456 23016
2010-01 54956 22193
2010-02 55552 21101
2010-03 56458 21322
2010-04 52466 21332
2010-05 52609 21985
2010-06 45845 22323
2010-07 49741 21523
2010-08 50610 22447
2010-09 49647 21973
2010-10 52844 21890
2010-11 50276 21765
2010-12 45846 21254
2011-01 44769 21389
2011-02 45898 21669
2011-03 44042 21377
2011-04 45436 21533
2011-05 44657 21569
2011-06 45286 20534
2011-07 47364 21740
2011-08 45273 21477
2011-09 46358 21661
2011-10 44463 20435
2011-11 48604 22459
2011-12 46973 21699
2012-01 47180 21025
2012-02 45388 20389
2012-03 46677 20594
2012-04 45684 20118
2012-05 45472 19432
2012-06 46846 20124
2012-07 46669 20318
2012-08 47578 20393
2012-09 45372 19735
2012-10 46239 20271
2012-11 43360 19400
2012-12 43928 20321
2013-01 44450 21306
2013-02 45165 22021
2013-03 45229 21943
2013-04 44942 21804
2013-05 46095 22570
2013-06 44850 22007
2013-07 44012 21655
2013-08 44023 21677
2013-09 45540 22237
2013-10 45540 22651
2013-11 45683 22418
2013-12 45802 22488
2014-01 46277 22314
2014-02 45896 22532
2014-03 45326 22469
2014-04 46429 23138
2014-05 45672 22268
2014-06 45376 22319
2014-07 46737 22387
2014-08 47091 22749
2014-09 45982 21683
2014-10 45384 21681
2014-11 45939 21810
2014-12 46743 22583
2015-01 42464 20391
2015-02 43675 20120
2015-03 44439 20340
2015-04 43569 20309
2015-05 42939 20162
2015-06 44036 20563
2015-07 43110 20671
2015-08 43500 20866
2015-09 44386 21136
2015-10 44019 20922
2015-11 43885 21211
2015-12 44982 21591
2016-01 45955 22333
2016-02 45560 22088
2016-03 45430 21786
2016-04 46847 22030
2016-05 47420 22688
2016-06 45808 22133
2016-07 45994 22307
2016-08 46214 22241
2016-09 46849 22304
2016-10 44823 21441
2016-11 46788 22961
2016-12 45823 23652
2017-01 46367 22271
2017-02 46331 22209
2017-03 47044 22447
2017-04 47236 22766
2017-05 47469 22726
2017-06 48482 23177
2017-07 51793 23707
2017-08 50201 23417
2017-09 49869 22780
2017-10 51237 23910
2017-11 54047 25390
2017-12 55160 24322
2018-01 54547 23805
2018-02 55296 23889
2018-03 55409 23859
2018-04 56182 24065
2018-05 59094 25118
2018-06 58845 24837
2018-07 56806 24088
2018-08 59341 24695
2018-09 59518 24534
2018-10 61041 24840
2018-11 58438 24012
2018-12 60002 24622
2019-01 65366 25495
2019-02 65513 25803
2019-03 66758 26236
2019-04 65954 26118
2019-05 65502 26061
2019-06 69086 26900
2019-07 67634 26253
2019-08 68468 26069
2019-09 69753 26353
2019-10 69802 26305
2019-11 73449 29948
2019-12 75270 24178
2020-01 71230 26668
2020-02 69569 27364
2020-03 50861 19674
2020-04 33326 11712
2020-05 54641 18545
2020-06 75787 25622
2020-07 82096 27990
2020-08 83114 29400
2020-09 83350 28841
2020-10 83629 28945
2020-11 84449 28460
2020-12 82517 28448
2021-01 82287 28169
2021-02 85103 28456
2021-03 84408 28922
2021-04 85677 29971
2021-05 81793 30456
2021-06 82108 31011
2021-07 81283 30710
2021-08 81396 28903
  • * Seasonally and working-day adjusted data

Business monthly start-ups (SA-WDA*)

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

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

Business set-ups by month (SA-WDA *)
May-21 Jun-21 Jul-21 Aug-21
Total businesses set-ups 81,793 82,108 81,283 81,396
Variation [m-o-m] % -4.5 0.4 -1.0 0.1
Conventional businesses 30,456 31,011 30,710 28,903
Variation [m-o-m] % 1.6 1.8 -1.0 -5.9
Self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 51,337 51,097 50,573 52,493
Variation [m-o-m] % -7.8 -0.5 -1.0 3.8
  • * Seasonally and working-day adjusted data
  • Source: Insee, REE (SIRENE)

Increase in business births in transportation and storage over one month

In August 2021, the number of business births increased sharply in transportation and storage (+18.3%) and in “other services activities” (+3.1%). The number of business births decreased in education, human health and social work activities (–12.3%).

Increase in business births over the three last months

The raw number of business births totted up during the last three months (June to August) increased in comparison with the same months one year ago (+3.6%). Micro-entrepreneurs’ registrations decreased (–0.5%), as well as conventional sole proprietorships’ births (–4.2%). However, companies’ births went up sharply (+16.8%).

Business support activities was the sector that contributed the most to the overall rise (+5,600 business births, which comes to a contribution of +2.6 points)*. Within it, the strongest increase was in public relations and communication activities (+1,500 business births over the last three months in comparison with the same months one year ago).

Sharp increase in business births over the twelve last months

The raw number of business births totted up during the last twelve months went up sharply (+26.3%), notably due to the particularly low number of business births during the first lockdown in 2020. Micro-entrepreneurs' registrations increased strongly (+28.7%) as well as companies’ births (+28.8%) and, to a lesser extent, sole proprietorships’ births (+5.1%).

* 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.

Cumulated business start-ups by type

Raw data
Cumulated business start-ups by type (Raw data)
Moving total % change * Moving total
over 3 months over 12 months January – August 2021 January – August 2020
Total 3.6 26.3 665,211 510,137
Companies 16.8 28.8 180,515 133,222
Conventional sole proprietorships -4.2 5.1 57,426 52,434
Self-mamaged micro-entrepreneurs -0.5 28.7 427,270 324,481
  • *Total of business start-ups during the last 3 or 12 months compared with the same months a year earlier
  • Source: INSEE, REE(SIRENE)

Nearly two business births out of three are micro-entrepreneurs’ registrations

In August 2021, in raw data, the share of micro-entrepreneurs’ in the business births over the last twelve months remained unchanged and represents 64.9%.

Business set-ups distribution by type

% over the twelve last months (raw data)
Business set-ups distribution by type (% over the twelve last months (raw data))
Jun-21 Jul-21 Aug-21
Companies 26.1 26.4 26.4
Sole proprietorships excluding self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 8.8 8.7 8.7
Self-managed micro-entrepreneurs 65.1 64.9 64.9
  • Source: Insee, REE (issu de SIRENE)

Revisions

The variation in the overall number of business births in July 2021 was not revised.

Trade and business support activities monthly start-ups (SA-WDA*)

Trade and business support activities monthly start-ups (SA-WDA*) ()
Trade Business support activities
2009-01 8890 6592
2009-02 9781 8382
2009-03 10561 10935
2009-04 10893 10804
2009-05 11765 11562
2009-06 10987 11065
2009-07 11134 10715
2009-08 10925 10998
2009-09 10928 10798
2009-10 11207 10921
2009-11 11159 10812
2009-12 12026 11882
2010-01 11649 12195
2010-02 11727 12053
2010-03 11736 12496
2010-04 11066 11621
2010-05 11036 11669
2010-06 9929 9844
2010-07 10403 11245
2010-08 10653 10933
2010-09 10618 10675
2010-10 10714 11993
2010-11 10238 11086
2010-12 9550 9978
2011-01 9467 9721
2011-02 9848 9947
2011-03 9373 9267
2011-04 9810 9765
2011-05 9398 9229
2011-06 9686 9735
2011-07 9875 10690
2011-08 9371 9436
2011-09 9918 9652
2011-10 9134 9314
2011-11 9772 10338
2011-12 9820 9879
2012-01 9724 9860
2012-02 9203 9521
2012-03 9446 9865
2012-04 9244 9552
2012-05 9454 9429
2012-06 9511 9619
2012-07 9367 9556
2012-08 9653 10179
2012-09 9227 9462
2012-10 9399 9565
2012-11 9073 8984
2012-12 9265 9190
2013-01 9096 9254
2013-02 9178 9466
2013-03 9193 9559
2013-04 9194 9444
2013-05 9470 9480
2013-06 9220 9316
2013-07 9121 9105
2013-08 9112 9144
2013-09 9228 9486
2013-10 9209 9478
2013-11 9165 9649
2013-12 9106 9605
2014-01 9200 9814
2014-02 9061 9705
2014-03 9092 9577
2014-04 9205 9975
2014-05 9031 9842
2014-06 8765 9733
2014-07 9252 10006
2014-08 9134 10238
2014-09 8779 9921
2014-10 8882 9645
2014-11 8897 9563
2014-12 8906 10054
2015-01 7960 9447
2015-02 8366 9618
2015-03 8360 9613
2015-04 8309 9441
2015-05 8229 9129
2015-06 8259 9503
2015-07 8084 9532
2015-08 8043 9475
2015-09 8052 9651
2015-10 8050 9923
2015-11 7957 9681
2015-12 8111 10080
2016-01 8314 10327
2016-02 8305 10210
2016-03 8225 10188
2016-04 8281 10608
2016-05 8376 10516
2016-06 7993 10118
2016-07 7816 10516
2016-08 7929 10604
2016-09 8335 10569
2016-10 7466 10131
2016-11 8066 10734
2016-12 7795 10505
2017-01 7579 10622
2017-02 7709 10622
2017-03 7795 10885
2017-04 8012 11023
2017-05 7920 11294
2017-06 8186 11667
2017-07 8507 12577
2017-08 8626 11936
2017-09 8410 12013
2017-10 8859 12018
2017-11 8814 13143
2017-12 9014 13210
2018-01 8725 12979
2018-02 8883 13228
2018-03 8845 13336
2018-04 8668 13454
2018-05 9169 14064
2018-06 9092 14048
2018-07 8802 13847
2018-08 9030 14191
2018-09 9212 13981
2018-10 9323 14492
2018-11 8963 13513
2018-12 8896 14437
2019-01 9500 15503
2019-02 10019 15543
2019-03 9955 16242
2019-04 9754 15991
2019-05 9795 16085
2019-06 10116 16786
2019-07 9900 16724
2019-08 10088 16664
2019-09 10020 16885
2019-10 10088 16475
2019-11 10693 17603
2019-12 10241 18666
2020-01 10338 16682
2020-02 10449 15798
2020-03 6804 13294
2020-04 4792 9056
2020-05 9165 13455
2020-06 11910 16813
2020-07 13708 17521
2020-08 13488 18338
2020-09 13007 17551
2020-10 13138 18294
2020-11 13009 18403
2020-12 12613 18119
2021-01 12178 17770
2021-02 11992 18109
2021-03 11815 17887
2021-04 12091 19434
2021-05 11948 18514
2021-06 11463 18949
2021-07 11637 19429
2021-08 11218 19391
  • * Seasonally and working-day adjusted data

Trade and business support activities monthly start-ups (SA-WDA*)

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

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

Construction and transportation business monthly set-ups (SA-WDA*) ()
Construction Transportation and storage
2009-01 4787 612
2009-02 5873 674
2009-03 6139 683
2009-04 6555 705
2009-05 6813 785
2009-06 6878 734
2009-07 7050 692
2009-08 6915 721
2009-09 7229 676
2009-10 7291 724
2009-11 7490 690
2009-12 8021 731
2010-01 8037 843
2010-02 8381 810
2010-03 8425 884
2010-04 7752 786
2010-05 7856 816
2010-06 6597 741
2010-07 7048 782
2010-08 7348 770
2010-09 7605 809
2010-10 7929 809
2010-11 7848 789
2010-12 6907 744
2011-01 6451 780
2011-02 6649 761
2011-03 6664 774
2011-04 6654 807
2011-05 6811 783
2011-06 6742 761
2011-07 6752 789
2011-08 7184 887
2011-09 6902 785
2011-10 6690 814
2011-11 7493 772
2011-12 6872 756
2012-01 7153 779
2012-02 6916 765
2012-03 6979 791
2012-04 6927 802
2012-05 6901 785
2012-06 7253 868
2012-07 7337 914
2012-08 7376 875
2012-09 7085 799
2012-10 7162 834
2012-11 6822 797
2012-12 6281 816
2013-01 6638 818
2013-02 6432 898
2013-03 6601 894
2013-04 6560 811
2013-05 6969 965
2013-06 6508 945
2013-07 6519 945
2013-08 6394 896
2013-09 6490 983
2013-10 6740 917
2013-11 6678 958
2013-12 6673 1022
2014-01 6869 1059
2014-02 6831 1098
2014-03 6396 1063
2014-04 6805 1057
2014-05 6306 1063
2014-06 6402 1084
2014-07 6441 1191
2014-08 6167 1342
2014-09 6203 1179
2014-10 6144 1191
2014-11 5909 2255
2014-12 6025 1310
2015-01 5422 1085
2015-02 5345 1207
2015-03 5618 1928
2015-04 5435 1647
2015-05 5281 1455
2015-06 5368 1602
2015-07 5220 1638
2015-08 5170 1827
2015-09 5663 2033
2015-10 5066 2262
2015-11 4901 2372
2015-12 5208 2449
2016-01 5370 2391
2016-02 5207 2433
2016-03 5212 2415
2016-04 5376 2791
2016-05 5311 2964
2016-06 5239 2931
2016-07 5077 3077
2016-08 5185 2738
2016-09 5095 3105
2016-10 4730 3036
2016-11 4699 2927
2016-12 4745 2935
2017-01 5014 3212
2017-02 4950 3428
2017-03 5078 3276
2017-04 4952 3104
2017-05 5095 3140
2017-06 4989 3240
2017-07 5112 3681
2017-08 5061 3512
2017-09 4962 3219
2017-10 5318 3419
2017-11 5312 4322
2017-12 5490 4612
2018-01 5403 4791
2018-02 5601 4660
2018-03 5602 4842
2018-04 5616 5523
2018-05 5690 6107
2018-06 5776 6062
2018-07 5455 5932
2018-08 5677 6563
2018-09 5617 6438
2018-10 5773 6577
2018-11 5500 6915
2018-12 5681 6977
2019-01 6149 7274
2019-02 6137 7638
2019-03 6233 7666
2019-04 6223 7147
2019-05 6198 6930
2019-06 6990 7087
2019-07 6935 6479
2019-08 6753 6735
2019-09 6904 6839
2019-10 7044 6910
2019-11 7561 6443
2019-12 6814 6421
2020-01 7193 6677
2020-02 7254 6354
2020-03 4865 4312
2020-04 3049 2724
2020-05 4480 6297
2020-06 7244 10690
2020-07 7611 11176
2020-08 7731 11104
2020-09 7830 11213
2020-10 7695 11346
2020-11 8331 11437
2020-12 7833 10250
2021-01 7381 11474
2021-02 7520 13121
2021-03 7434 13702
2021-04 7461 13105
2021-05 7063 11154
2021-06 7616 8900
2021-07 6840 8481
2021-08 7005 10034
  • * Seasonally and working-day adjusted data

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

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

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

SA-WDA *
Number of monthly business set-ups (incl. self-managed micro-entrepreneurs) (SA-WDA *)
NA Jun-21 Jul-21 Aug-21
Total 82,108 81,283 81,396
Industry BE 4,250 3,831 3,647
Of which Manufacturing C 3,620 3,468 3,313
Construction FZ 7,616 6,840 7,005
Wholesale and retail trade, Transport, Accommodation and Food and beverage activities GI 23,545 23,203 24,275
Trade G 11,463 11,637 11,218
Transportation and storage H 8,900 8,481 10,034
Accommodation and food service activities I 3,182 3,085 3,023
Information and communication JZ 4,445 4,441 4,317
Financial and insurance activities KZ 2,372 2,342 2,237
Real estate activities LZ 3,764 3,569 3,655
Business support activities MN 18,949 19,429 19,391
Public administration and defence, education, human health and social work activities OQ 7,683 8,480 7,437
Other services activities RS 9,485 9,149 9,432
  • * Seasonally and working-day adjusted data
  • Source: Insee, REE (SIRENE)

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) (In %) - ** Total of business start-ups during the last 3 or 12 months compared with the same months a year earlier
NA Aug.21/Jul.21 Moving total % change**
SA-WDA * over 3 months over 12 months
Total 0.1 3.6 26.3
Industry BE -4.8 10.1 22.6
Of which Manufacturing C -4.5 11.0 22.1
Construction FZ 2.4 -2.6 18.1
Wholesale and retail trade, Transport, Accommodation and Food and beverage activities GI 4.6 -13.2 38.7
Trade G -3.6 -10.3 24.1
Transportation and storage H 18.3 -16.8 64.3
Accommodation and food service activities I -2.0 -12.4 27.3
Information and communication JZ -2.8 20.2 26.6
Financial and insurance activities KZ -4.5 27.2 31.9
Real estate activities LZ 2.4 12.4 34.5
Business support activities MN -0.2 12.1 18.3
Public administration and defence, education, human health and social work activities OQ -12.3 7.7 16.7
Other services activities RS 3.1 25.7 22.4
  • * 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)

For further information

The business births data are build from the Register of Enterprises and Establishments (REE), from Sirene register information. The definition of creation adopted by INSEE is based on the concept defined by EUROSTAT, to harmonize and compare European data.

The appearance of a legal operating unit with no predecessor is considered to be a newly created enterprise by Eurostat. This concept of creation relies on new production resources. The business start-up statistics include applications for start-ups as micro-entrepreneurs, starting from the data relating to January 2009. Since this date, sole proprietorships excluding self-managed micro-entrepreneurs are called conventional sole proprietorships and start-ups excluding self-managed micro-entrepreneurs are called conventional businesses.

Additional informations (time series) are available at the bottom of this page.

Next issue: 15 October 2021 at 8:45am

Pour en savoir plus

The business births data are build from the Register of Enterprises and Establishments (REE), from Sirene register information. The definition of creation adopted by INSEE is based on the concept defined by EUROSTAT, to harmonize and compare European data.

The appearance of a legal operating unit with no predecessor is considered to be a newly created enterprise by Eurostat. This concept of creation relies on new production resources. The business start-up statistics include applications for start-ups as micro-entrepreneurs, starting from the data relating to January 2009. Since this date, sole proprietorships excluding self-managed micro-entrepreneurs are called conventional sole proprietorships and start-ups excluding self-managed micro-entrepreneurs are called conventional businesses.

Additional informations (time series) are available at the bottom of this page.

Next issue: 15 October 2021 at 8:45am

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