Financial statistics of enterprises
In 2012 the development of the enterprise sector stabilised, after two good years of recovery following the economic crisis. The economic indicators of the business sector improved, but the growth rate slowed down. After the stagnation in 2009, business activity has steadily increased. There were 66,000 non-financial corporations (hereinafter enterprises) operating in Estonia in 2012 – 4,000 or 7% more than the year before. The growth in the number of enterprises was the result of the creation of micro-enterprises (with fewer than 10 persons employed), which accounted for 90% of the total number of enterprises. Every fourth enterprise created in 2012 was engaged in trade. Compared to the previous year, the number of enterprises engaged in retail sale via mail order or the Internet increased quicker, as did the number of enterprises selling computers and telecommunications equipment and second-hand goods in specialised stores. Every second newly created enterprise started to operate in the service sector, where the more popular activities were management consultancy, accounting and bookkeeping, but also programming. Every eighth enterprise created in 2012 specialised in construction, which is still recovering from the recession.