U.S. Corporate Profits After Tax Relative to the Size of the U.S. Economy
May 3, 2013    Disclosures    POSTED IN  Economy

During the final quarter of 2012 U.S. corporate profits after tax reached a post World War II record of an annualized $1.773 trillion. This was not the only record achieved. U.S. corporate profits after tax relative to the total size of the U.S. economy (GDP) was 11.2%. This ratio has been well above average for nearly a decade, with one exception, the last quarter of 2008 during the middle of the Great Recession.

Corp Profits after tax

Looking at only the nonfinancial corporate business profits after tax, the ratio was 6.0%. While it is currently above the 65 year average , it is not as high as the first quarter of 2006 or from 1947 to 1950.

Non Finacial Corp Profits after tax

Data Source: U.S. Department of Commerce: Bureau of Economic Analysis


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