Fabian Demicoli

Wholesale and retail account for 19.3% of businesses

Wholesale
and retail trade businesses accounted for 19.3 % of the total registered
business units in 2012. In
2012, registered business units amounted to 70,782, an increase of 2.1 %, or
1,461, over the amount recorded in 2011. Business units are predominantly
solely owned or in partnership. These amounted to 42,035 registered units and
accounted for 59.4 % of the total.

Limited
liability companies represented 37.3 % of all units, a 4.9 % increase when
compared to 2011. By economic activity, the number of business

units
in wholesale and retail trade, except that of motor vehicles (NACE divisions 46
and 47 combined), amounted to 19.3 % of all business units, up by 2.0 % from
2011.

Furthermore,
registered business units in crop and animal production, specialized
construction activities, food and beverage service activities and activities of
head offices; management consultancy activities amounted to 4.5, 5.5, 4.4 and
4.6 % respectively of the total registered units in 2012.

By
size class, 97.1 % of business units employ fewer than 10 persons and are
considered micro. On the other hand, only 83 enterprises in Malta employ more
than 250 persons and are classified as large.

 

 

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