Definition: Death (of enterprise)
International guidelines on statistical business registers
A death amounts to the dissolution of a combination of production factors with the restriction that no other enterprises are involved in the event. Deaths do not include exits from the population due to mergers, take-overs, break-ups or restructuring of a set of enterprises. It does not include exits from a sub-population resulting only from a change of activity.
An enterprise is included in the count of deaths only if it is not reactivated within two years. Equally, a reactivation within two years is not counted as a birth.
Eurostat and OECD, "Eurostat - OECD Manual on Business Demography Statistics", Luxembourg, Paris, 2007