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Distributor Profitability Rose in 2011 Amid Slow Sales Growth

10:35 AM MDT | September 21, 2012 | Vincent Valk

Chemical distributors recorded the highest profits in five years during 2011 despite lagging sales growth, according to the National Association of Chemical Distributors’ (NACD; Washington) annual company productivity report. Total return on assets, which is net profit before tax and interest as a percent of total assets, totaled 10.5% for balanced product mix (BPM) distributors. Distributors of liquid chemicals (LIQ) saw a 10.6% total return on assets, while factory pack distributors saw a 20.2% return.   The NACD report typically measures...

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