The number of High Growth Companies (HGC) decreased between 2009 and 2012.
In 2012, more than half of these companies were concentrated on the Manufacturing (21.7%), Distributive Trade (19.6%) and Construction (13.2%) sectors. Around 52% of their GVAmp was generated in the Lisbon region.
Some differentiating features in relation to the total companies arose, showing High Growth Companies as larger and more exporting companies with a higher expenditure in research & development.
The number of Young High-Growth Companies (Gazelles) has also decreased over the given period, yet their share on the total HGC has increased to 19.5% in 2012, 2.3 p.p. higher than in the previous year.