The number of companies with establishments in Catalonia stood at 630,020 on 1 January 2018, a figure 1.7% higher than that of a year earlier, according to the statistics Companies and Establishments drawn up by Idescat and based on the DIRCE, the INE’s Central companies directory. As for companies with their head offices in Catalonia, the number stood at 618,366, representing an increase of 1.5% over the previous year.
If the evolution of companies with establishments is analysed by activity sectors, annual increases were recorded in industry (3.6%), construction (2.3%) and services (1.5%). By company size, there were rises in all the segments and particular high ones, due to their intensity, in the segment with 250 and more employees (5.5%) and that with 10 to 49 (3.3%). By legal condition, the number of limited companies and natural persons rose by 2.3% and 1.9%, while the number of public companies and other forms of business fell by 2.6% and 0.1%.
The Statistics on companies and establishments 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.