Wednesday, August 21 11:57:42
Larger businesses across the North saw their combined turnover rise but profitability slipped slightly over the past year, according to research conducted by Dun and Bradstreet for Ulster Business magazine.
Turnover for the 100 top companies had tipped the £20 billion (E23.3bn) mark thanks to increased sales in the 12 months to April 2012. The previous year's equivalent figure was £19.1 billion.
However, the results also point to a drop in profitability, down one point to 3 per cent, which is being blamed on a difficult trading climate.
Poultry processor Moy Park remains the largest trader with sales of more than £1 billion and profits of £24 million.