Italy: SMEs industry sectors 2018

This statistic shows the main industries of the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Italy as of January 2018. From the respondents in January 2018, 19 percent were in the retail industry.

Main industry sectors of small and medium enterprises (SME) in Italy in January 2018*

Share of responding businesses
Retail or wholesale (incl. online shops) 19%
Professional services (e.g., financial services, consulting, travel agents, business services) 10%
Restaurant/café or other food services 11%
Personal services (e.g. beauty and wellness, repair of household goods) 5%
Media, communication or information (e.g., broadcasting, telecoms, computer programming) 11%
Arts, entertainment or recreation (e.g., museum, creative arts, sports club) 8%
Construction or home repair 4%
Manufacturing 4%
Education (e.g., schools, tutoring, driving school) 3%
Healthcare (e.g., dentist, senior care) 3%
Accommodation (e.g., hotels, camping grounds) 5%
Real estate (e.g., brokerage, leasing, management) 1%
Automotive repair or services 2%
Non-profit/charity organization 1%
Transportation or storage (e.g., taxi, warehousing) 1%
Other 13%
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Release date

March 2017



Survey time period

January 2018

Number of respondents

532 respondents

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

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

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