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U.S. aerospace and defence sector financial performance analysis


In 2012, the top 20 U.S. aerospace and defence (A&D) companies' revenues increased 5.5 percent to $354.7 billion, primarily driven by record-setting commercial aircraft production which offset negative revenue growth within the defence subsector.

Overall operating earnings decreased 2.2 percent to $36.0 billion due to impact of slowing defence spending. Commensurately, overall operating margins decreased 79 basis points to 10.2 percent in 2012 from 10.9 percent in 2011.

Defence firms revenue decreased 1.5 percent and earnings fell 7.4 percent, while commercial aerospace revenue increased 18.3 percent and earnings increased by 13.2 percent.

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