Large, privately held companies in the United States are outpacing their publicly traded counterparts in two key performance metrics, sales growth and profitability, according to an analysis of financial-statement information from 2010 to 2014 by the financial information company Sageworks.

Sageworks found that private companies with annual revenues greater than $500 million have grown their sales at a much faster rate than public companies in the period since the recession, a time when most U.S. companies were recovering from flat or declining sales.

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