Eurozone corporate profitability


Michael Roberts Blog

I have been trying update the position on US corporate profitability but have been unable to do so while the US government was shut down.  Now it has opened up again, I shall get back to that task.  In the meantime, I cam across a new analysis of the state of Eurozone corporate profitability hidden deep in the latest IMF report on Global Financial Stability (GFSR, http://www.imf.org/External/Pubs/FT/GFSR/2013/02/pdf/text.pdf), which looked at the profitability of large and small corporations in five Eurozone economies.  The IMF aggregated corporate earnings before tax and interest payments against assets based on firm-level annual data from the Bureau van Dijk’s Amadeus database. The sample includes more than 3 million non-financial firms, both publicly traded and private, from France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain.

Eurozone profitability

The analysis finds that corporate profitability in those five countries remains well below the peal levels of 2007, with the exception of German…

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