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The Green Sheet Online Edition

August 09, 2010 • Issue 10:08:01


Top 25 privately held industries for the last 10 years

Thinking of breaking into new markets? Following is a list of hot industries compiled by North Carolina-based Sageworks Inc., a provider of financial analysis of privately held companies.

Ranking Net Profit Margin Industry
1 16.11% Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping and payroll services
2 15.23% Offices of dentists
3 13.26% Legal services
4 12.32% Offices of other health practitioners (chiropractors, optometrists, mental health practitioners)
5 11.32% Lessors of nonfinancial, intangible assets except copyrighted works (patents, trade marks, brand names)
6 11.27% Offices of physicians
7 11.09% Rail transportation
8 10.75% Other financial investment activities (investment advice, portfolio management)
9 10.66% Other insurance-related activities, including agencies and brokerages (claims adjustments)
10 10.65% Specialty hospitals (diagnostic treatment for a specific disease)
11 10.29% Business schools and computer and management training
12 10.15% Medical and diagnostic laboratories
13 9.97% Wired telecommunications carriers
14 9.94% Outpatient care centers
15 9.74% Oil and gas extraction
16 9.60% Support activities for mining
17 9.54% Support activities for water transportation (port and harbor operations, marine cargo handling)
18 9.11% Other information services (advice columns, blogs, traffic reporting, libraries, archives)
19 9.06% Software publishers
20 8.19% Architectural, engineering and related services (landscape architecture, drafting services)
21 8.10% Gambling industries
22 8.08% Insurance carriers
23 8.07% Personal and household goods repair and maintenance
24 8.01% Management, scientific and technical consulting services
25 7.98% Coating, engraving, heat treating and allied activities (enameling, powder coating metals)

Source: Sageworks Inc.

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