Observatory of businesses and shops in Paris (BDCOM)

November 2018, last updated 08 February 2021
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In order to facilitate action taken on commerce, be it carried out independently or in partnership, the City of Paris, the Paris Delegation of the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Paris Urbanism Agency -Apur- decided to increase their knowledge of commerce in Paris. In order to achieve this,  they established, in 1997, a common database called -Banque de données sur le commerce (BDcom) whose mission has since been to enable analyses of the the commercial fabric and its development to be carried out.

The pedestrian shopping street Rue Daguerre, seen from local shops © Apur

The Commercial database - BDCom - updates an inventory of Parisian high-street shops and services by means of periodical surveys which are carried out on all the streets of Paris. These surveys took place in 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2014, 2017 and 2020. The surveyed premises are in Paris, on the ground floor, with a display window and entrance that is visible from a public space. Premises located in courtyards or in commercial centres are also taken into account. A note on initial results was put online on 8th February 2021. A more complete report will be published at the end of March 2021. Data visualisations will accompany the publication. 

How it works
The BDCom programme of activities is defined within the framework of an implementation agreement between the City of Paris, the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry - CCIP, and Apur. The current agreement covers the period 2019-2021. Each year an amendment specifies the exact content of the work to be carried out. The job of producing and updating the database is entrusted to the Paris Urbanism Agency. 

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