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10/09/2009

SMEs were the main drivers of economic growth between 2004 and 2006 - Issue number 71/2009

EUROSTAT Statistics in focus - Industry, trade and services

Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2009
ISSN 1977-0316


The non-financial business economy of the EU (NACE Rev. 1.1 sections C to I and K) witnessed quite substantial growth between 2004 and 2006. Excluding ‘mining and quarrying’ (section C), value added at factor cost rose by 11.6% to reach 5.6 trillion euros. The number of persons employed rose by 4.3% and in 2006 was close to 130 million. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which are defined as firms employing between 1 and 249 persons, are often referred to as the backbone of the European economy, providing a significant source of jobs and economic growth. They were indeed the main contributor to growth between 2004 and 2006 as this publication shows. 

author(s): European Commission, Eurostat – M. Schmiemann
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