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As for turnover of working capital, a low ratio can mean poor use of resources. Assets per employee = assets/average number of employees. This indicates the amount of investment backing for employees. Business ratios 49 Business ratios 50 business : ratios continued Profits Profit margin = (profit/sales) × 100 = profits as a percentage of sales; usually profits before tax. Profitability = (profit/total assets) × 100 = profits as a percentage of total assets. Return on capital = (profit/net assets) × 100 = profits as a percentage of net assets (“net worth” or “capital employed”).
Over the rest of the decade they purchased 59m ounces, roughly a third of the world’s supply, pushing the price to $50 an ounce and earning a paper profit of about $4 billion. But the high prices led to greater supplies of scrap silver and mining investment. In 1980 silver prices fell by 80% in a matter of days. The Hunt brothers declared bankruptcy and in 1988 were convicted of conspiring to manipulate the market. Louisiana Territory In 1803, the United States purchased from France the Louisiana Territory, more than 2m sq km of land extending from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains.
Source: Milken Institute Business cycles 44 Business cycles America’s ten-year expansion from March 1991 to March 2001 was the longest in the 150 years covered by the National Bureau of Economic Research’s data. America’s business cycle dates, duration in months Peak Trough Feb-45 Nov-48 Jul-53 Aug-57 Apr-60 Dec-69 Nov-73 Jan-80 Jul-81 Jul-90 Mar-01 Oct-45 Oct-49 May-54 Apr-58 Feb-61 Nov-70 Mar-75 Jul-80 Nov-82 Mar-91 Nov-01 Peak to Trough to trough peak 8 11 10 8 10 11 16 6 16 8 8 80 37 45 39 24 106 36 58 12 92 120 Trough to trough 88 48 55 47 34 117 52 64 28 100 128 Peak to peak 93 45 56 49 32 116 47 74 18 108 128 Source: National Bureau of Economic Research The Economic Cycle Research Institute in New York covers data for 20 countries from 1948.