Germany: SME industry sectors 2018

This statistic shows the main industries of the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Germany as of April 2018. Of responding businesses, 15 percent were in the retail or wholesale industry.

Main industry sectors of small and medium enterprises (SME) in Germany as of April 2018

Share of responding businesses
Retail or wholesale (incl. online shops) 15%
Other 13%
Professional services (e.g., financial services, consulting, travel agents, business services) 13%
Media, communication or information (e.g., broadcasting, telecoms, computer programming) 11%
Arts, entertainment or recreation (e.g., museum, creative arts, sports club) 10%
Personal services (e.g. beauty and wellness, repair of household goods) 10%
Manufacturing 6%
Healthcare (e.g., dentist, senior care) 4%
Accommodation (e.g., hotels, camping grounds) 4%
Restaurant/café or other food services 3%
Real estate (e.g., brokerage, leasing, management) 2%
Construction or home repair 2%
Education (e.g., schools, tutoring, driving school) 2%
Non-profit/charity organization 2%
Automotive repair or services 2%
Transportation or storage (e.g., taxi, warehousing) 1%
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Sources

Release date

April 2018

Region

Germany

Survey time period

April 2018

Number of respondents

289 respondents

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

* Source question: Which of the following industries best categorizes your business?

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