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New Zealand Business Demography Statistics: At February 2008
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  31 October 2008
Highlights
  • At February 2008, the number of businesses was provisionally 471,100, up 1.5 percent compared with February 2007.
  • Three-quarters of business locations were in the North Island (31 percent in the Auckland region).
  • One-fifth of all enterprises were engaged in the rental, hiring and real estate services industry.
  • The manufacturing industry was the largest employer (252,200 employees).
  • There were 56,460 enterprise births over the year (12 percent of the total number of enterprises).
  • Of the 62,370 births in the February 2007 year, 83 percent were still operating in 2008. Of the 42,760 births in the February 2001 year, 37 percent were still operating in 2008.
  • This is the first publication of business demography statistics using the 2006 version of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC).

Graph, Number of Enterprises by Industry.

 Geoff Bascand 31 October 2008  
 Government Statistician ISSN 1174-1988 
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