09 Apr 2018 – 8:08

1,932 new firms registered in March

The Peninsula

DOHA: A total of 1,932 new companies were registered in March 2018, said the Ministry of Economy and Commerce.

According to the Ministry’s Business Progress Report on the Commerce Sector for March 2018, the number of new major business records reached 1,525, while the number of new sub-registries reached 407 records.

Limited liability companies accounted for 62  percent of the major business registers, while the category of single owner limited liability companies in second place with 26 percent, and the individual institution came in third place with 11 percent, reported QNA.

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During last month, construction companies topped the list of the most registered activities with 5,951 registrations in this sector, in addition to 1,011 for commercial activities on groceries and supplying. The Ministry also issued 1,073 trade registers for trading in public goods, and 1,629 others for construction materials trading.

According to the report, the number of commercial licenses issued, modified or renewed during December was 7,811, the number of licenses issued by the Ministry reached 1,498 licenses, while 869 licenses were amended, and 5,444 licenses were renewed.

For the number of companies closed during last March, construction companies topped 50 percent, the trade in building materials came second by 20 percent, the trade of public goods ranked third by 12 percent, electrical and electronic equipment and accessories came fourth by 10 percent and restaurants, cafeterias and ice cream shops came fifth with 8 percent. As for the transactions conducted in the external branches of the ministry during March, there were 35,215 transactions.

In the field of Intellectual Property Rights, the report pointed out that the number of new patent applications last March reached 52 applications, and 239 patent applications have been renewed.

The number of trademark applications registered last month was 22, in addition to 46 certificates issued in the field of copyright and neighbouring rights.