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Small and Medium Enterprise Agency Summary of the 2015 Basic Survey on Small and Medium Enterprises (Preliminary Report)

The Small and Medium Enterprise Agency (SMEA) compiled the Preliminary Report on the 2015 Basic Survey on Small and Medium Enterprises (performance results are based on the FY 2014 closing accounts) and hereby releases the results.

Outline of the survey

  • A cross-industry survey to collect financial and management information on small and medium enterprises
  • Small and medium enterprises from the following eleven industries participated in the Survey: construction; manufacturing; information and communications; transport and postal services; wholesale; retail; real-estate and goods leasing; academic research, specialized services, and technical services; accommodation and food services; living-related and personal services and entertainment; and other services (n.e.c.).
  • The survey method used was a sampling survey in which about 110,000 small and medium enterprises (target enterprises) were chosen at random from among the target population of businesses and enterprises in the database.
  • Survey results have been estimated based on the 55,773 valid responses (the valid response rate was 47.2 %).

Preliminary Report overview

  • Total sales were 493 trillion yen, down by 2.2% from the previous year, and total ordinary profits were 18.7163 trillion yen, up by 5.0% from the previous year.
  • Ordinary profit margins from sales for incorporated enterprises were 3.15%, up by 0.28 percentage points from the previous year's survey results.
  • The percentage of incorporated enterprises that have subsidiaries, affiliated companies, or business establishments overseas was 0.9%, an increase of 0.1 percentage points compared to the previous year's survey results.
  •  For the details of the results, see the Appendix
    The percentage of incorporated enterprises that conduct research and development for new products or new technology was 2.4%, an increase of 0.3 percentage points from the previous year.
  • The percentage of incorporated enterprises that possess patent, utility model, design, or trademark rights was 5.2%, an increase of 0.3 percentage points from the previous year.

For the details of the results, see the Appendix(PDF:405KB) PDF File

Division in Charge

Research Office, Policy Planning Division, Business Environment Department, SMEA

Related Information

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