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Deloitte Study: Commercial Aerospace Revenues Up 16%

Defense Downturns Offset by Other Gains

Deloitte has released a new study showing that the global aerospace industry has posted an increased revenue in 2012 despite worldwide downturns in defense spending.

The Global Aerospace and Defense Industry study examined the financial performance of 105 A&D organizations that generated more than $500 million in revenue for 2012, Deloitte said Monday.

Revenue for commercial aircraft rose by 16.1 percent to $38.4 billion in 2012, while the defense industry declined by 1.3 percent.

Aerospace and defense businesses recorded a 5.9 percent revenue growth in 2012 compared with 1.6 percent in 2011.

“The global A&D market is shifting, and we may see the commercial aerospace segment reach parity with defense in the next few years, after many years of being overshadowed by military spending,” said Tom Captain, vice chairman of Deloitte LLP and global aerospace and defense sector leader.

The defense segment saw a 1.6 percent decrease in operating profits while the operating margins remain flat due to U.S. government-wide budget cuts under the Budget Control Act of 2011, according to Deloitte.

New and emerging cybersecurity, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance technologies could spur growth recovery, the consulting firm said in the study.

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