Most Admired 2004 - The full table

In conjunction with Nottingham Business School, MT asked Britain's 10 largest public companies in 22 sectors to evaluate their peers.

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Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

In conjunction with Nottingham Business School, MT asked Britain's 10 largest public companies in 22 sectors to evaluate their peers. Participants rated their nine sector rivals on a scale of 0 to 10 (zero representing poor, five average and 10 excellent). Performance was rated against nine criteria (see panel, p44). Analysts at leading City investment firms were also polled. On the basis of these scores, three rankings were produced: all 220 companies; the 10 companies in each sector across the nine criteria; and league tables in each category. Participants in the survey were also asked to name the leader that they most admired. The research was conducted by Professor D Michael Brown of NBS and Stuart Laverick.

1 Cadbury Schweppes 69.62

2 Unilever 69.37

3 BP 68.56

4 Tesco 68.10

5 Man 67.90

6 Serco Group 67.37

7 IMI 66.60

8 HSBC 66.34

9 Vodafone 66.30

10 Wolseley 65.50

11 Greene King 64.71

12 Royal Bank of Scotland 64.67

13 GlaxoSmithKline 64.33

14 Weir Group 64.00

15 Reckitt Benckiser 63.80

16 Rotork 63.67

17 AstraZeneca 63.60

18 Rolls-Royce 63.26

19 Kidde 63.20

20 Compass 63.17

21 JD Wetherspoon 63.17

22 BSkyB 63.13

23 Next 63.10

24 Halma 63.00

25 Capita Group 62.67

26 Tomkins 62.50

27 Carnival* 62.44

28 Carphone Warehouse 62.14

29 Berkeley Group 62.13

30 Marshalls 62.04

31 Bunzl 62.00

32 WPP Group 61.83

33 Travis Perkins 61.63

34 Smith & Nephew 61.30

35 Johnson Matthey 61.25

36 Barclay 61.13

37 Diageo 61.10

38 Cobham 60.56

39 BG Group 60.33

40 HBOS 60.25

41 Persimmon 59.83

42 Icap 59.83

43 Kingfisher 59.50

44 Northern Foods 59.33

45 BOC 59.00

46 BHP Billiton 58.92

47 Tate & Lyle 58.78

48 Wilson Bowden 58.75

49 Close Brothers 58.65

50 Hays 58.58

51 3i 58.43

52 Pearson 58.42

53 G Wimpey 58.33

54 Whitbread 58.18

55 BPB Industries 58.14

56 Schroders 57.98

57 mm02 57.60

58 Bovis Homes 57.60

59 Enterprise Inns 57.57

60 Bellway 57.46

61 Amersham* 57.35

62 Anglo American 57.20

63 De Vere Group 57.06

64 Shell Transport & Trading 57.06

65 Mitchells & Butlers 57.00

66 Rio Tinto 57.00

67 Centrica 56.90

68 Premier Farnell 56.80

69 Electrocomponents 56.75

70 Taylor Woodrow 56.67

71 Pilkington 56.65

72 Rexam 56.60

73 Manchester United 56.40

74 Wolverhampton & Dudley 56.29

75 Wm Morrison 56.18

76 Barratt Developments 56.17

77 British Land Co 56.13

78 Associated British Foods 56.07

79 Smiths Group 56.00

80 Legal & General Group 55.97

81 Hammerson 55.92

82 Standard Chartered 55.81

83 Provident Financial 55.75

84 Burberry Group 55.67

85 GUS 55.50

86 Robert Wiseman 55.42

87 Reed Elsevier 55.17

88 Land Securities 55.11

89 Punch Taverns 55.04

90 Aggregate Industries 55.00

91 Hilton Group 55.00

92 Meggitt 54.76

93 BAA 54.68

94 SABMiller 54.67

95 Pillar Property 54.67

96 Geest 54.51

97 Allied Domecq 54.50

98 British Airways 54.49

99 InterContinental Hotels 54.41

100 Northen Rock 54.32

101 Collins Stewart 54.18

102 Victrex 54.13

103 Ultra Electronics 53.83

104 Scottish & Southern Energy 53.83

105 Restaurant Group 53.75

106 FKI 53.60

107 Arla Foods UK 53.50

108 Seven Trent 53.25

109 Emap 52.92

110 BBA 52.88

111 ITV 52.83

112 Alliance UniChem 52.67

113 Old Mutual 52.53

114 MFI 52.20

115 Liberty International 52.38

116 Croda International 52.33

117 Rentokil Initial 52.29

118 Brambles Industries 52.00

119 Daily Mail & General Trust 51.93

120 Amec 51.93

121 HMV 51.86

122 Brixton 51.84

123 Scottish & Newcastle 51.73

124 GKN 51.69

125 Dairy Crest 51.56

126 Exel 51.53

127 Lloyds TSB 51.46

128 Morgan Crucible 51.33

129 Hanson 51.30

130 Center Parcs (UK) 51.25

131 VT Group 51.19

132 Dixons 51.07

133 Marks & Spencer 51.00

134 Scottish Power 50.93

135 BAE Systems 50.86

136 Hardys & Hansons 50.85

137 Reuters 50.79

138 Balfour Beatty 50.75

139 Yell Group 50.71

140 J Sainsbury 50.60

141 Aviva 50.57

142 Boots 50.44

143 SIG 50.40

144 Rank Group 50.27

145 Alvis 50.23

146 Galen Holdings 50.17

147 British American Tobacco 50.09

148 Yule Catto 50.00

149 BT Group 50.00

150 Associated British Ports 50.00

151 Prudential 49.95

152 Jardine Lloyd Thompson 49.79

153 Cairn Energy 49.77

154 United Utilities 49.70

155 London Stock Exchange 49.67

156 ICI 49.63

157 First Choice 49.44

158 EMI 49.29

159 British Vita 49.13

160 Kesa Electricals 48.38

161 Cattles 48.00

162 Luminar 47.95

163 Shire Pharmaceuticals 47.83

164 St James's Place Capital 47.80

165 Woolworths 47.79

166 Cookson 47.60

167 Vanco 47.50

168 Celltech 47.33

169 Corus 47.25

170 Cranswick 47.20

171 Pennon 47.13

172 Kelda 47.08

173 Easynet Group 46.75

174 Lonmin 46.42

175 P&O 46.38

176 William Hill 46.34

177 Novar 46.33

178 National Grid Transco 46.21

179 DFS Furniture 45.86

180 Slough Estates 45.79

181 Gallaher 45.22

182 National Express 44.97

183 Brit Insurance 44.88

184 Signet 44.88

185 Thus 44.70

186 Cable & Wireless 44.67

187 Umeco 44.44

188 International Power 44.30

189 Millennium & Copthorne 43.76

190 Elementis 43.67

191 RMC Group 43.55

192 Friends Provident 43.18

193 Dyson Group 43.00

194 Bradford & Bingley 42.94

195 Alliance & Leicester 42.92

196 Amvescap 44.28

197 Canary Wharf* 42.00

198 Somerfield 42.00

199 easyJet 41.87

200 Colt Telecom 41.83

201 Stagecoach 41.73

202 Kingston Communications 41.50

203 Imperial Tobacco 41.33

204 FirstGroup 41.20

205 Delta 41.00

206 awg 40.33

207 Xstrata 39.75

208 SSL International 39.65

209 Chelsfield 39.56

210 HolidayBreak 38.75

211 Stanley Leisure 38.64

212 Royal & SunAlliance 37.38

213 WH Smith 37.25

214 Telecom plus 36.33

215 Regent Inns 35.40

216 Abbey National 34.85

217 Great Portland Estates 33.15

218 Big Food Group 31.20

219 Britannic Group 28.63

220 Vedanta Resources 22.25

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