Regional banking group, African Banking Corporation, had a poor showing last year with net profit plummeting from P53.3 million to P3.8 million.
Interest rates, which soared to 900 percent by December, saw the market for Turnall Holdings products immediately contract as money flow dried up.
Steelnet, which comprises BMA Fasteners, Hastt Zimbabwe and Tube and Pipe Industries, had an excellent year in 2003 with each of the three units posting growths of over 600 percent.
A punitive VAT policy imposed on Zimbabwean products by the Zambian government in the first half of last year adversely affected exports from General Beltings but this was mitigated by strong demand in the local mining sector, the company says in its report for the year ending December.
Although the tyre replacement market declined in all sectors, National Tyre Services still managed to improve its sales by 577 percent largely because of the growth in the Bandag retreading operation.
Zimbabwe Newspapers, the country’s major newspaper group, which is now facing very little competition following the closure of the Daily News in September had a massive turnaround, but market analysts said its balance sheet was “atrocious” because it was in a negative current liabilities position as well as a negative shareholders funds position.