Global 500 rank: 18 (Previous rank: 19)
2006 Revenues (millions): $128,481
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France's largest bank was created when Crédit Agricole bought Crédit Lyonnais in 2003. The group's revenues grew 16% last year. Still, it didn't grow as much as French competitors BNP Paribas and Société Générale, which both do more business outside of France's slow-growing economy. So last year Crédit Agricole bought a Greek bank Emporiki, which it hopes will spur future growth, and says it has allocated billions of euros for future acquisitions beyond France.
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