Berkeley Group takes the top spot again, by almost 10 points, but the win- ner of last year’s most admired crown slips to second overall. Not bad, given that this is a low-scoring sector. Pre-tax profits at the south-east-focused builder of slick riverside flats and executive homes jumped 58% to £214.8m, and total revenue topped £1bn. Meanwhile, family home builder Persimmon made good use of the Government’s first-time buyers scheme with first-half profits to August up 65%, to £98.7m. It also built 6% more homes in the period than the year before and its average selling price rose 7% to £171,206. Barratt jumped two places, returning to profit – £100m – after a loss of £11.5m the previous year.