Britain's Most Admired Companies - Sector by Sector

Here's the nitty-gritty of the Most Admired awards: stark proof of the peer-group assessment that is at the heart of MT's poll. The 10 largest public companies in each sector rated their nine rivals. Our commentary focuses on how the league- topping firms in 22 sectors coped in a year when the economic mood changed.

1 Royal Bank of Scotland 63.5
2 Barclays 61.1
3 HSBC 60.2
4 HBOS 58.9
5 Standard Chartered 55.6

It has been an eventful year in banking. Not only has there been a huge takeover battle, there's also a full-blown financial crisis. RBS edged ahead of Barclays as the Most Admired - just as it did in the Eu70bn battle for control of Dutch bank ABN Amro, which consumed so much time and money this year. But the big news has been the global credit crunch, which changed the landscape dramatically. The most high-profile casualty was Northern Rock - more than £20bn in debt to the Bank of England and facing extinction. But most of the banks on our list have suffered - even RBS and Barclays lost billions off their share price this year.

Construction - heavy
1 Balfour Beatty 63.0
2 Kier Group 61.5
3 Carillion 61.3
4 ROK Property Solutions 58.7
5 Morgan Sindall 58.6

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