A range of performance measures, expressed as ratios or percentages, can be produced from the data available from businesses' financial statements. 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 27-31.
At the Total selected industries level, profit margin was relatively stable between 2008-09 and 2009-10, increasing from 11.0% to 11.1%. Most industries have also reported relatively stable profit margins over time, the main exceptions are Rental, hiring and real estate services (from 15.2% to 28.2%), Information media and telecommunications (from 8.0% to 15.3%) and Education and Training (private) (from 16.3% to 22.9%). Mining returned the largest profit margin (33.4%), which is a moderate decrease in the margin recorded for 2008-09.
Industry value added (IVA) per person employed was substantially higher in Mining ($608,200) than in the next highest industry Electricity, gas, water and waste services ($300,200).