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Business Closure Statistics


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The following statistics were extracted from Census Bureau data and factored by the number of businesses operating in Q4 of 2014 and either stopped doing business or they are still operating in Q4 of 2015
Business Closing Statistics Number Percent
Number of Firms Surveyed 14,405,210 100 %
Number and Percent who reported “Business is still operating” 11,948,286 82.9 %
Ceased because owner retired 329,409 2.3 %
Ceased because owner died 40,775 0.3 %
Ceased because operation was for a one-time specific event 181,005 1.3 %
Ceased due to inadequate cash flow or sales 755,303 5.2 %
Ceased due to lack of business loans / credit 189,365 1.3 %
Ceased due to lack of personal loans / credit 96,358 0.7 %
Ceased because owner started another business 94,794 0.7 %
Ceased because owner sold the business 129,657 0.9 %
Ceased for another reason 1,052,922 7.3 %
Female Owned Business Closures Number Percent
Number of female owned firms surveyed in 2014 3,667,721 100 %
Business is still operating 2,869,801 78.2 %
Ceased because owner retired 85,221 2.3 %
Ceased because owner died 8,279 0.2 %
Ceased because operation was for a one-time specific event 67,657 1.8 %
Ceased due to inadequate cash flow or sales 223,304 6.1 %
Ceased due to lack of business loans / credit 42,120 1.1 %
Ceased due to lack of personal loans / credit 21,447 0.6 %
Ceased because owner started another business 23,321 0.6 %
Ceased because owner sold the business 22,572 0.6 %
Ceased for another reason 403,401 11 %
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Male Owned Business Closures Number Percent
Number of male owned firms surveyed in 2014 7,338,809 100 %
Business is still operating 6,121,511 83.4 %
Ceased because owner retired 178,974 2.4 %
Ceased because owner died 21,008 0.3 %
Ceased because operation was for a one-time specific event 94,956 1.3 %
Ceased due to inadequate cash flow or sales 368,601 5 %
Ceased due to lack of business loans / credit 109,670 1.5 %
Ceased due to lack of personal loans / credit 53,822 0.7 %
Ceased because owner started another business 51,439 0.7 %
Ceased because owner sold the business 62,138 0.8 %
Ceased for another reason 495,624 6.8 %
A firm is a business organization or entity consisting of one domestic establishment (location) or more under common ownership or control. All establishments are included as part of the owning or controlling firm. For the economic census, the terms "firm" and "company" are synonymous.
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Statistic Sources & References
Sources: Bureau, U.
Bureau, US. "2014 SUSB Annual Data Tables By Establishment Industry".
Census.gov. N. p., 2017. Web. 16 Jan. 2017.
Content Author: Statistic Brain

Date research was conducted: January 12, 2017

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