HC Deb 13 February 1986 vol 91 c545W
55. Mr. Michael Brown

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the level of company profitability at present compared with 10 years ago.

Mr. MacGregor

On the basis of figures for the first three quarters of the year, the profitability of all industrial and commercial companies in 1985, as measured by the net pre-tax real rate of return on capital employed, is believed to have been about three times higher than in 1975.