As the national business registry of Singapore, ACRA maintains the register of business entities. The following statistics on business entities registered with ACRA will be updated on a monthly basis.

2021 Statistical Highlights - Monthly business entity count

 Entity type Jan Feb   Mar  Apr  May Jun  July  Aug Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec 
Businesses (Partnerships & Sole Proprietorships) 146,093 146,300 146,653 146,860 146,688 146,798  146,870   146,973  147,049 146,984 147,044 146,741 
Companies*  376,141  377,006  378,762  380,505 381,113   382,721 383,585   384,639  385,996 387,294  388,466   389,745
Limited Liability Partnerships 17,898  17,960  17,971 17,945  17,854  17,538   17,428  17,362  17,331  17,315  17,377  17,425
Limited Partnerships  484  480 493 501 505 515 525 532  541 546   535  543
Public Accounting Firms 440  440 444 441 438 440 441 439 441  442  442 436
Variable Capital Companies 198 213 240 273 300 331   359  377 394   414  427  470
Total Live count 541,254 542,399 544,563 546,525 546,898  548,343 549,208 550,322 551,752 552,995 554,291 555,360
* Local and foreign companies

Data as of 1 January 2022

The business entities statistics have been updated to reflect the latest entities’ status as of 31 December 2021. All statistics by sector will be based on the Singapore Standard Industrial Classification (SSIC) 2020.

Formation of business entities (2021)

 Entity type Jan Feb   Mar  Apr  May Jun  July  Aug Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec 
Businesses (Partnerships & Sole Proprietorships) 1,746 1,346   1,813  1,575  1,407 1,534  1,496  1,462  1,438 1,385  1,450 1,312 
Companies* 4,019  3,078  4,368  4,052  3,491 3,741 3,882   3,737  3,766  3,696 3,721 3,628
Limited Liability Partnerships 162  147  173  170  156  146  161  151  145  149 162  113
Limited Partnerships 11  5  14  13  10  15 18   13 17   16 10  16
Public Accounting Firms 1  1  5  1  0  3  2  1 0  0
Variable Capital Companies  13 15  27  33 27 31   28  18  17  21 13 43 
 Total Formation 5,952 4,592  6,400  5,844  5,091  5,470  5,587 5,381 5,385  5,268 5,356  5,112
* Local and foreign companies

Formation of business entities by sector (2021)

 Sector type Jan Feb   Mar  Apr  May Jun  July  Aug Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec 
Manufacturing 267 181 264  236  190 237   248 216  226  203  199  196
Construction 292  216  298 265 228 238 256 250  256  229  251  240
Wholesale Trade 777 599   806  712  634 683   722  675  652  625  770  683
Retail Trade 807  595  834  706 701  740  725  794  728  749  477  415
Transportation & Storage 261  204  262  266  230 262   247  255  220  232  218  211
 Accommodation 4  2  4  4  9  5  6  11  5
Food & Beverage Services 424  298  444  400 296  293 306  288   334  312 271   268
Information & Communications 566  470 728 661  602 686 621 588 658 632 831  828
Finance & Insurance 627  521  730  693 635 698  759 708 734   719  777  746
Real Estate 69 40   73  69  40 65  57 52  64  64  56  51
Professional Services 948  768  956  910 829  825   808 808  800 803  761  765
Administrative & Support Services 190 146  197 203   129 154 191   152 154   146  172 157 
Education, Health & Social Services 340  272  329  322  267 261   262  266  248 242   247 213 
Arts, Entertainment, Recreation & Other Services 344  255  434  363  269 301   341 293  291   267  286  298
 Others 36  25  41  34  32 22  39  29  18  39  29 36 
 Total 5,952  4,592  6,400  5,844 5,091  5,470 5,587 5,381  5,385 5,268 5,356  5,112

Cessation of business entities (2021)

* Local and foreign companies
 Entity type Jan Feb   Mar  Apr  May Jun  July  Aug Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec 
Businesses (Partnerships & Sole Proprietorships) 1,294  1,139  1,460  1,368  1,579 1,424  1,424 1,359 1,362 1,450 1,390 1,615 
Companies* 2,066  2,213  2,612  2,309  2,883 2,133 3,018 2,683 2,409 2,398  2,549 2,349 
Limited Liability Partnerships 148  85  162  196  247 462   271  217  176  165  100  65
Limited Partnerships 5  9  1  5  6  8  6  8  11 21
Public Accounting Firms 5  1  1  4  3 1  1  2  0  0  0  6
Variable Capital Companies  0 0  0  0  1  0  0
Total Cessation 3,518 3,447  4,236  3,882 4,718 4,025 4,722 4,267 3,955 4,025 4,060 4,043 

Cessation of business entities by sector (2021)

 Sector type Jan Feb   Mar  Apr  May Jun  July  Aug Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec 
Manufacturing 167 117 184 162 176 151 178 180 158 165 183 155
Construction 168 152 189 174 224 180 208 211 167 162 176 187
Wholesale Trade 592 628 721 661 858 692 876 758 753 733 825 759
Retail Trade 355 360 460 390 478 468 525 461 447 486 424 460
Transportation & Storage 255 222 242 254 318 273 298 281 248 255 257 238
 Accommodation 5 9 12 8 8 2 6 6 8 9 11 6
Food & Beverage Services 163 169 215 173 220 245 227 227 201 225 214 176 
Information & Communications 364 421 527 417 617 397 570 451 402 397 438 388
Finance & Insurance 223 285 317 286 353 282 332 322 287 302 300 315 
Real Estate 54 43 47 59 45 33 57 58 44 46 61 43
Professional Services 573 502 636 620 692 602 702 676 570 601 583 611
Administrative & Support Services 183 176 191 213 210 214 211 197 207 163 180 192
Education, Health & Social Services 188 166 232 217 225 241 229 202 192 209 166 234
Arts, Entertainment, Recreation & Other Services 204 171 236 226 267 221 273 212 247 246 216 249
 Others  24 26 27 22 27 24 30 25 24 26 26 30 
 Total 3,518 3,447 4,236 3,882 4,718 4,025 4,722 4,267 3,955 4,025 4,060 4,043
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