Profitability and company finance

Quarterly Bulletin 1982 Q2
Published on 01 June 1982

This note updates previous estimates of real profitability and other measures of company finance.

  • Pre-tax profitability fell again in 1981; but it showed signs of recovery in the second half of the year.

  • Structural changes may have distorted the statistics on profitability.

  • Bank borrowing grew rapidly but companies' underlying financial position was little changed.

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