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Annual Enterprise Survey: 2016 financial year (provisional)
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  25 August 2017
Key facts

Provisional data for the 2016 financial year:

  • Business assets for all industries increased $106.1 billion (5.9 percent) to $1.9 trillion.
  • Businesses earned $65.1 billion in operating profit – up $5.2 billion (8.6 percent) from 2015.
  • The operating profit represented a 3.6 percent return on assets – up from 3.5 percent in 2015.
  • Total income for all industries increased $13.5 billion (2.3 percent) to $603.0 billion.
  • Total expenditure for all industries increased $7.9 billion (1.5 percent) to $535.0 billion.
  • Total salaries and wages paid for all industries increased $5.0 billion (5.5 percent) to $95.5 billion.
  • Small and medium-sized businesses were 97.3 percent of all businesses, had $35.7 billion in operating profits, and made a 3.8 percent return on assets.   

Business Performance Benchmarker

The Business Performance Benchmarker is useful if you want to find key financial performance and benchmark statistics for business planning, or to compare your business against similar businesses.

We are developing this tool to provide financial statistics for more industries than those covered by AES. Use of this tool is free of charge.

Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician
ISSN 1178-041X
25 August 2017

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