China's individual, private businesses top 40.6 mln: SAIC
BEIJING, Feb 15, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
China's individually-owned businesses
and private enterprises topped 40.6 million around January end,
according to the State Administration for Industry and Commerce
They are providing jobs for about 80 million people and report 2
trillion yuan (321.03 billion U.S. dollars) in capital.
Most businesses, or 90 percent, are working in the tertiary or
service sector, and only 8 percent are in the second industry and 2
percent in the primary industry.
Half of the businesses are located in the eastern regions and only
30 percent are based in the central regions and 20 percent in the
Individually-owned businesses and private enterprises have been
growing rapidly into a key source for China's economic growth, fiscal
revenue and employment.
The country registered only 140,000 such private businesses in
1978 before the number hit a high of 31.6 million 1999. The SAIC
started clearing the "dead" members in counting from 2000 on, leading
to five-year declines in the total number.
It hit a bottom low of 23.5 million in 2004, but started to grow
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