The 10 most profitable sectors in the UK

'UK PLC' describes the UK's commercial interests as an economy.

According to The Share Centre, UK PLC profits jumped 86% to £210.8 billion in the year to the end of June.

This extended the longest period of profit growth since the initial recovery following the financial crisis, according to the stockbroker.

'The increase was exaggerated by a very large one-off profit British American Tobacco made acquiring Reynolds American,' the Aylesbury-based business said.

'But even without that, profits rose 66%. Higher profits are thanks to rising revenues and cost control: revenues leapt 13.6% year-on-year.'

But which sectors of the British economy are most profitable? Click on to find out. 

10. Mighty IT

Sector: Information technology

Profit between Q2 2017 and Q2 2018:

£0.9 billion

 

9. Water way to make money!

Sector: Domestic utilities 

Profit between Q2 2017 and Q2 2018:

£4.6 billion

8. Prescriptions, pills and profits

Sector: Healthcare and pharmaceuticals 

Profit between Q2 2017 and Q2 2018:

£6.1 billion

7. Tell it to the comms guy

Sector: Telecoms

Profit between Q2 2017 and Q2 2018:

£6.3 billion

6. Embroiled in oil (still)

Sector: Oil and gas 

Profit between Q2 2017 and Q2 2018:

£18 billion

 

 

5. Industry developments

Sector: Industrials

Profit between Q2 2017 and Q2 2018:

£19.7 billion

4. Do you want sugar with that?

Sector: Retail and consumer services

Profit between Q2 2017 and Q2 2018:

£23 billion

3. Petroleum problem?

Sector: Resources and commodities  

Profit between Q2 2017 and Q2 2018:

£32.8 billion

2. The big money

Sector: Banks/financials

Profit between Q2 2017 and Q2 2018:

£48 billion

1. Brick by brick

Sector: Consumer goods and housebuilding

Profit between Q2 2017 and Q2 2018:

£51.6 billion