The number of companies with establishments in Catalonia was 619,490 on January 1, 2017, which is 2.1% more than a year earlier, according to the Statistics on companies and establishments produced by Idescat on the basis of the INE's Central company directory (DIRCE).
With regard to companies with head offices in Catalonia, the number was 608,981, which represents an increase of 2.1% compared to the previous year.
These statistics account for both the number of companies with economic activity in Catalonia, which are understood to be companies with establishments in Catalonia and that of companies with head offices in Catalonia. For each of these groups of companies, tables are presented that cross-compare the activity sector with the number of wage-earning employees and the legal condition of the company. In terms of establishments, tables are given per activity sector, cross-compared with the number of wage-earning employees of the establishment.
The reference for the data is January 1 of the corresponding year.