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Preliminary Report of the 2017 Basic Survey on Small and Medium Enterprises (Performance Results Based on the FY2016 Closing Accounts) Compiled

The Small and Medium Enterprise Agency (SMEA) compiled the Preliminary Report on the 2017 Basic Survey on Small and Medium Enterprises (performance results are based on the FY2016 closing accounts).

1. Outline of the Basic Survey on Small and Medium Enterprises

The SMEA conducts the Basic Survey on Small and Medium Enterprises every year as a cross-industrial survey in order to ascertain financial and operational situation of SMEs. This was the 14th survey.

The survey covers approximately 110,000 SMEs randomly selected from 11 industries, namely construction; manufacturing; information and communications; transport and postal services; wholesale trade; retail trade; real estate and goods rental and leasing; scientific research, professional and technical services; accommodations, eating and drinking services; living-related and personal services and amusement services; and services, n.e.c.

This report is based on valid responses from 46,176 companies (valid response rate: 42.8%).

2. Key points of the report

  • Total sales were 492.5728 trillion yen, up by 1.5% from the previous year, and total ordinary profits were 20.2975 trillion yen, up by 9.3% from the previous year.
  • Added value of incorporated enterprises amounted to 118.4286 trillion yen, up by 2.8% from the previous year.
  • The percentage of incorporated enterprises that have subsidiaries, affiliated companies, or business establishments overseas was 1.0%, up by 0.1 percentage points from the previous year.
  • The percentage of incorporated enterprises that have conducted research and development for new products or new technology was 2.3%, unchanged from the previous year.
  • The percentage of incorporated enterprises that possess patent, utility model, design, or trademark rights was 5.7%, up by 0.3 percentage points from the previous year.

Release date

March 29, 2018

Division in Charge

Research Office, Policy Planning Division, Business Environment Department, Small and Medium Enterprise Agency

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