Definition: Exit by Decline

Business demography

An exit by decline occurs if an enterprise continues to be active, but moves below the employee threshold for at least two years. This is an event that occurs only in the context of demographic data based on a threshold of one or two employees.
Eurostat and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), "Eurostat - OECD Manual on Business Demography Statistics (Edition 2007)", Methodologies and Working Papers, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg, 2007

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