A range of performance measures, expressed as ratios or percentages, can be produced from the data available from businesses' financial statements. Three of these measures are presented in table 2.2 for each industry. Definitions are provided in the Glossary. Information about the uses and limitations of these measures can be found in Explanatory Notes paragraphs 35-39.
The largest profit margins were returned in Rental, hiring and real estate services (49.4%), Mining (36.5%) and Health care and social assistance (23.3%). The smallest profit margins were returned in Wholesale trade and Retail trade (both 4.6%).
Values for interest coverage ranged from 14.2 times in Mining to 0.3 times in Other services.