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CSO statistical release, 30 June 2017, 11am

Business Demography


 2008201320142015% Change 2008- 2015% Change 2014- 2015
Number of enterprises244,195243,571238,249248,8431.9%4.4%
Persons engaged1,511,9201,288,0171,334,2911,402,981-7.2%5.1%
Enterprise births15,44413,82516,25618,10017.2%11.3%
Enterprise deaths19,15718,28715,315*   
*The enterprise deaths figure for 2014 is an estimate as a 2nd year of inactivity is necessary to be counted as a final death (see Background Notes).

Number of enterprises up 4.4% in 2015

Figure 1 Index of Enterprises and Persons Engaged
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This release provides data on the "Business Demography" of Ireland for reference year 2015 and earlier years.

The detailed tables provided with this release present a breakdown of the numbers of active enterprises and newly birthed and ceased enterprises, classified by economic activity, employment size and legal form.

Related employment numbers are also outlined.

A detailed county level breakdown is also provided in relation to active enterprises and employment only.

Annual changes and sectoral comparison

There were nearly 249,000 active enterprises in the private business economy1 in Ireland in 2015, with over 1.4 million persons engaged2. This represents an increase of 4.4% and 5.1% respectively from 2014. See summary table. The Services sector3 accounted for over half (51.2%) of all enterprises in 2015, with the Construction sector accounting for just over a fifth (20.3%). In 2008 the Services sector accounted for less than half (46.8%) while the Construction sector accounted for over a quarter (25.4%) of all enterprises. See figures 2 & 3 and summary table.