It seems Americans cannot get enough of Dyson’s colourful, bagless vacuum cleaners. The manufacturer has won more than 20% of the US market, largely due to word-of-mouth endorsement and cameo television appearances. Together with growth in Japan, success in America helped to boost group sales to £470m and profits to £97m in 2005, giving an attractive margin of 21%. Founder James Dyson and his family still own the company, which has 1,450 employees and is based in Wiltshire.

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Company details
ActivityAppliance manufacturer
Sales £m*470
Profit £m*97
Year endDec 05
Principal shareholdersJames Dyson and family (100%)

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