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Our annual ranking of America's largest corporations

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1 Oil and Gas Equipment, Services 81.1
2 Mining, Crude-Oil Production 52.0
3 Engineering, Construction 48.3
4 Health Care: Pharmacy and Other Services 45.2
5 Petroleum Refining 32.1
6 Beverages 29.2
7 Wholesalers: Health Care 25.4
8 Aerospace and Defense 24.4
9 Electronics, Electrical Equipment 23.1
10 Railroads 21.8
11 Medical Products and Equipment 20.7
12 Industrial and Farm Equipment 20.5
13 Metals 19.7
14 Health Care: Insurance and Managed Care 18.4
15 Scientific, Photographic, and Control Equipment 13.4
16 Food Production 12.7
17 Chemicals 12.5
18 Household and Personal Products 12.4
19 Internet Services and Retailing 10.4
20 Energy 10.1
21 Insurance: Life, Health (stock) 9.7
22 Utilities: Gas and Electric 9.7
23 Food and Drug Stores 9.5
24 Pipelines 8.7
25 Wholesalers: Diversified 7.6
26 Packaging, Containers 5.6
27 Pharmaceuticals 4.7
28 Network and Other Communications Equipment 2.2
29 Food Consumer Products 1.6
30 Food Services 1.1
31 Wholesalers: Electronics and Office Equipment -1.0
32 Computers, Office Equipment -2.3
33 Entertainment -3.7
34 Health Care: Medical Facilities -4.0
35 Securities -5.6
36 Telecommunications -7.3
37 Information Technology Services -7.5
38 Hotels, Casinos, Resorts -9.3
39 Motor Vehicles and Parts -10.2
40 Insurance: Property and Casualty (stock) -10.8
41 Specialty Retailers -18.1
42 Home Equipment, Furnishings -19.4
43 Diversified Financials -21.7
44 Commercial Banks -25.1
45 Automotive Retailing, Services -29.4
46 General Merchandisers -33.1
47 Semiconductors and Other Electronic Components -37.0
48 Airlines -46.1
49 Homebuilders -55.7
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