Corporate Profits Were the Highest on Record Last Quarter

by on November 24, 2010 · 3 comments

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By Catherine Rampell / The New York Times / November 23, 2010

The nation’s workers may be struggling, but American companies just had their best quarter ever.

American businesses earned profits at an annual rate of $1.659 trillion in the third quarter, according to a Commerce Department report released Tuesday. That is the highest figure recorded since the government began keeping track over 60 years ago, at least in nominal or noninflation-adjusted terms.

The government does not adjust the numbers for inflation, in part because these corporate profits can be affected by pricing changes from all over the world and because the government does not have a price index for individual companies. The next-highest annual corporate profits level on record was in the third quarter of 2006, when they were $1.655 trillion.

Corporate profits have been doing extremely well for a while. Since their cyclical low in the fourth quarter of 2008, profits have grown for seven consecutive quarters, at some of the fastest rates in history. As a share of gross domestic product, corporate profits also have been increasing, and they now represent 11.2 percent of total output. That is the highest share since the fourth quarter of 2006, when they accounted for 11.7 percent of output.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

avatar Molly November 24, 2010 at 11:46 am

Well, at least somebody (the big corporations) can be thankful tomorrow.


avatar Shane Finneran November 24, 2010 at 6:33 pm

Clearly, as the Cat Food Commission has advised, we must cut taxes on these corporations immediately!


avatar Dave Sparling November 24, 2010 at 6:47 pm

To quote a clever reporter on ABC news tonight. A rising tide lifts all boats, should be changed to rising tide only lifts yachts.


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