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1240. Finances and Profits of Manufacturing Corporations

[In billions of dollars (709 represents $709,000,000,000). Beginning 1987, data exclude estimates for corporations with less than $250,000 in assets at time of sample selection. Prior years include estimates for corporations in this size category. See table 900 for individual industry data. For information on methodology, see below table]

 
Item 1970 1975 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
 
Net sales.............................................................. 709 1,065 1,913 2,145 2,039 2,114 2,335 2,331 2,221 2,378 2,596 2,745 2,811 2,761 2,890 3,014 3,256 3,528 3,758 3,920 3,949 4,137
Net operating profit.............................................................. 50 77 129 144 105 125 159 138 125 159 190 182 173 133 151 180 242 268 277 298 298 320
Net profit:
  Before taxes.............................................................. 48 80 146 158 108 133 166 137 129 173 216 189 160 100 33 118 244 274 307 331 315 356
  After taxes.............................................................. 29 49 93 101 71 86 108 88 83 116 155 136 112 68 23 83 175 198 225 245 234 261
Cash dividends.............................................................. 15 20 36 40 41 42 45 46 46 50 57 65 62 60 63 67 70 81 96 108 121 102
Net income retained in business.............................................................. 14 29 58 61 30 44 63 42 37 66 98 71 49 7 -40 16 105 117 129 136 114 158


Source: Through 1980, U.S. Federal Trade Commission; thereafter, U.S. Bureau of the Census, Quarterly Financial Report for Manufacturing, Mining, and Trade Corporations, Series QFR.

http://www.census.gov/agfs/www/qfr.html

* QUARTERLY FINANCIAL REPORT

PURPOSE

To provide current statistics on the financial performance and conditions of domestic manufacturing, mining, and trade corporations. The United States Code, Title 13, requires this survey and provides for mandatory responses.

COVERAGE

Corporations that have a plurality of business activity in manufacturing industries and domestic assets over $250,000; and corporations with a plurality of business activity in the mining, retail, or wholesale trade industries and domestic assets over $50 million. These include almost 172,000 corporations with estimated assets of over $4.6 trillion.

CONTENT

Corporations provide standard income statement and balance sheet data consolidated for all majority-owned domestic enterprises (except banking, insurance, and finance). Information collected includes sales, depreciation, before- and after-tax income, retained earnings, cash, investments, receivables, inventories, fixed assets, short- and long-term debt, accounts payable, and stockholders' equity.

Large corporations report additional data that include separate reporting of nonoperating income and expenses, earnings from foreign and other nonconsolidated entities and investments, extraordinary gains and losses, trade receivables from the U.S. Government, investments in Federal and other securities, commercial paper issued, and treasury stock.

FREQUENCY

Quarterly since 1947, the program was transferred to the Census Bureau from the Federal Trade Commission in 1982. Data collection begins about 25 days after each quarter and continues for about 9 weeks; data are for 3 months of company activities. The survey panel is updated quarterly.

METHODS

Mail-out/mail-back surveys of some 3,700 large manufacturing, mining, and trade corporations using a long form, and of some 4,600 selected small- and medium-sized manufacturers using a short form; plus periodic reporting by corporations to determine and update business classification. The sample frame of firms is updated annually from Federal income tax records. Using the tax data, corporations are selected by stratified random sample, with strata by industry and asset size.

To determine initial and continuing eligibility, selected firms are asked to complete a Nature of Business Report form to classify their enterprises and determine their intercorporate relationships, if any. Data for manufacturing firms with assets between $250,000 and $250 million are estimated from a sample panel. Each quarter, one-eighth of the sample panel is replaced. Replacement firms report for 8 quarters.

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These tables are based on figures supplied by the United States Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Commerce and are subject to revision by the Census Bureau.

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