Survival of newly born enterprises

The survival rates of a cohort of newly born enterprises are of course declining from one year to the other: One year after their creation, 87.8% of the enterprises newly born in 2014 were still active on the market. The two-year survival rate (from 2014 to 2016) was 74.4%. After three years, 65.6% of the enterprises were active and four years later, 58.2% of this cohort survived. The five-year-survival rate amounted to 52.5%.

The highest five-year-survival rates were registered in the economic branches of "Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply" (77.2%), "Mining and quarrying" (72.2%) and "Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities" (70.5%).

An analysis of the survival rates by employee size classes reveals that the five-year-survival rates were highest for enterprises with between 5 and 9 employees (61.0%) and with 10 and more employees (57.3%). For enterprises with 1 to 4 employees and with no employees the survival rates after five years amounted to 56.7% and 51.2%.

Above average are the five-year-survival rates especially in the provinces of Salzburg (59.2%), Tyrol (57.6%), Vorarlberg (56.6%) and Upper Austria (54,9%). In the provinces of Burgenland (46.6%), Vienna (48.5%), Carinthia (50,2%) and Lower Austria (52.3%) the five-year-survival rates were below average.


Since the production of the statistics for reference year 2013, methodological steps to achieve an approximation with the SBS data are taken.

The numbers of enterprise deaths for the last two reporting years (here: 2018 and 2019) and those for enterprise births, active enterprises and surviving enterprises for the most recent reporting year (here: 2019) are provisional.

Survival rates of enterprises newly born in 2014 by NACE activity
Survival rates of enterprises newly born in 2014 by employee size classes
Survival rates of enterprises newly born in 2014 by provinces
Selection of 3-year-survival rates of enterprises newly born in 2014, 2015 and 2016 by NUTS

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