Published Tuesday, 20 August 2013
Sales rose to £21.1bn from £19.1bn for the same companies in 2012.
A 10.4% collective rise in sales continued the trend seen last year, when the top 100 companies delivered a 12% increase in turnover.
According to figures published on Tuesday in the magazine Ulster Business, the sales performance of the region's Top 100 firms has defied the economic gloom over the past year.
The magazine's annual survey is compiled from the latest available company accounts - most relating to the 2011/12 financial year - filed at Companies House. The results were produced by Dun & Bradstreet.
Poultry processor Moy Park topped the survey for the second year running after registering sales figures of £1.09bn and profits of £24.4m.
A number of other high profile firms posted higher turnover, including the Henderson Group, up 6.3%, Bombardier Shorts, up 7.8%, United Dairy Farmers, up 9.3% and Ballyvesey Holdings, up 30%.
The figures showed 10 of the 100 companies made a pre-tax loss.
Overall profitability was also squeezed, with the Top 100's profit margin slipping to 3% from 4% last year.
Companies linked to the agri-food/food & drink sector accounted for 19 places on the listing, while manufacturing contributed 15 companies, the construction sector 15 firms and another 18 businesses were related to energy/utilities.
Symon Ross, editor of Ulster Business, said: "The figures on which the Top 100 list is based provide some cause for optimism as they show many of our largest business have succeeded in increasing their sales in difficult economic circumstances.
"However, in many cases profits haven't moved in the same direction at the same pace, and ongoing global headwinds mean profit margins are likely to remain squeezed."
Moy Park's CEO, Nigel Dunlop, said that they are aiming to continue its export success is number one company
"Moy Park is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year and we remain committed to growing our business both within and from Northern Ireland.
"Moy Park delivered a strong trading performance in 2012 and despite a backdrop of still challenging markets, we look forward to the future with continued confidence," he said.
"It is great to see agri-food businesses listed so prominently in the Top 100 demonstrating the importance of this sector to the local economy."
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