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Business Profitability

Volume 29: debated on Thursday 28 October 1982

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the latest ascertained trend of United Kingdom business profitability and return on capital.

The latest estimates of industrial net real rates of return apply to 1981. They are:

1981 net real rates of return (per cent.)
Industrial and commercial companies6·2
Industrial and commercial companies (excluding operations in the North Sea)3·2
Manufacturing companies2·1
These figures, along with annual estimates since 1960, were published in

British Business, 17 September 1982, a copy of which is in the House of Commons Library.