Netherlands: SMEs industry sectors 2018

This statistic shows the main industries of the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the Netherlands, according to the results of a survey in April 2018. As can be seen in this statistic, 18 percent of businesses in this survey identify as belonging to the retail or wholesale sector.

Main industry sectors of small and medium enterprises (SME) in the Netherlands in April 2018

Share of responding businesses
Retail or wholesale (incl. online shops) 18%
Other 15%
Media, communication or information (e.g., broadcasting, telecoms, computer programming) 14%
Arts, entertainment or recreation (e.g., museum, creative arts, sports club) 9%
Personal services (e.g. beauty and wellness, repair of household goods) 7%
Restaurant/café or other food services 7%
Professional services (e.g., financial services, consulting, travel agents, business services) 7%
Construction or home repair 4%
Healthcare (e.g., dentist, senior care) 4%
Accommodation (e.g., hotels, camping grounds) 4%
Education (e.g., schools, tutoring, driving school) 3%
Automotive repair or services 2%
Real estate (e.g., brokerage, leasing, management) 1%
Transportation or storage (e.g., taxi, warehousing) 1%
Non-profit/charity organization 1%
Manufacturing 1%
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Release date

April 2018



Survey time period

April 2018

Number of respondents

227 respondents

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

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

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