An expansion and reorganisation of the survey to cover 26 industry sectors (from its previous 24) brings in a total of 65 new companies. Two of these - Electrocomponents and Bowthorpe, both from the electricals sector - arrive straight into the top ten, closely followed by Chubb Security in 14th place. The immobility of the other companies within the table's upper reaches is readily apparent.
Seven remain within the top 10, where this year they are joined by Cadbury Schweppes (previously 14th).
Hotel group Queens Moat Houses records the table's steepest fall - from 166 to 260 - after reporting a loss of over £1 billion (next to that of British Aerospace, the largest ever recorded in the UK). Exhibitions group Blenheim similarly plummets to 256th place in the wake of numerous profit warnings and growing doubts over its underlying performance. The travails at Eurotunnel, meanwhile, serve to keep it among the bottom three for the third consecutive time, from where it shows few signs of shifting.