CNGTC unveils 2021 departmental reports of French companies

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CNGTC unveils 2021 departmental reports of French companies


The 2021 Corporate Departmental Reports, downloadable from the Statistical Observatory of the National Council, are produced by the Xerfi Spécific Institute for Economic Studies using raw statistical information from controlled and certified databases of commercial court registers. By offering a comprehensive inventory of business flows by department throughout the year, they confirm the resilience of the business world in the face of the health crisis.

National entrepreneurial growth, driven by two regions

In 2021, all French regions will be affected by strong growth in entrepreneurship, with an average increase of over 30% in the total number of businesses created nationwide. However, two regions stand out in mainland France: Hauts-de-France and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, where business creation increased by 36.3% and 35.7% respectively one year later.

Furthermore, Île-de-France concentrates 26.8% of the companies created in France in 2021, or almost 15 points above the second region on the podium, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (12.4%).

An accelerated transformation of the entrepreneurial fabric

Alongside the increase in business creation, the change in the business landscape is accelerating, due to the boom in some business sectors driven by the digital economy, such as home delivery, online sales and training, and the general peak of corporate cancellations. In fact, in 2021, 310,372 disappeared from the Register of Commerce and Companies (RCS), or + 30.7% compared to 2020.

Hauts-de-France once again takes the lead, with an increase of + 63.5% in radiation, more than 20 points above Occitania, which comes soon after. On the other hand, the Pays de la Loire and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes are well supported, with an increase in the total number of business cancellations equal to + 3.2% and + 4.3% respectively.

Fall into business failures across the metropolis

Despite the gradual termination of some business support schemes, insolvencies continued to decrease in 2021, with 24,649 insolvency proceedings opened in 12 months, a decrease of 10.8% compared to 2020.

The strongest drops in insolvencies are recorded in Corsica, with -29.3% compared to 2020, in Brittany (-23.2%) and in Normandy (-23.1%). On the contrary, three overseas departments and regions recorded an increase in the number of insolvency proceedings initiated in one year: French Guiana (+ 5.7%), Réunion (+ 39.8%) and Mayotte (+ 60%).

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