Looking at the Office of National Statitics data we can see that in all categories UK companies are showing either static or increasing net returns on investments compared with the previous quarter (Q3 vs Q2).
Manufacturing net return on investments at 4.7% presents a challenge for companies to grow and this level, although it is an small increase from the previous quarter,0.1%, it continues to suggest that 2012 as a whole will continue to show a reduction in manufacturing profitability.
The Services sector shows a net profitability of 16.9% which is an increase of 0.4% over the previous quarter.
UK Continental shelf (UKCS) companies net return on investment showed an increase of 2.2% to 40%.
It is interesting to note that both the Services and the UKCS sector had a gross profitability higher than net profitabity.
The Non-UKCS companies showed a profiability at 11.4% the same as previous quarters.