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Our annual ranking of America's largest corporations

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Top industries: Most profitable
1 Household and Personal Products 56.0
2 Petroleum Refining 26.3
3 Hotels, Casinos, Resorts 26.1
4 Oil and Gas Equipment, Services 24.9
5 Food Services 23.9
6 Metals 23.0
7 Food Consumer Products 22.0
8 Network and Other Communications Equipment 21.8
9 Aerospace and Defense 20.6
10 Medical Products and Equipment 20.4
11 Electronics, Electrical Equipment 20.4
12 Pharmaceuticals 20.3
13 Industrial and Farm Equipment 20.0
14 Wholesalers: Diversified 19.4
15 Packaging, Containers 19.2
16 Airlines 19.0
17 Health Care: Insurance and Managed Care 19.0
18 Computers, Office Equipment 18.9
19 Chemicals 18.8
20 General Merchandisers 18.2
21 Specialty Retailers 17.4
22 Scientific, Photographic, and Control Equipment 17.4
23 Beverages 16.4
24 Mining, Crude-Oil Production 16.4
25 Railroads 15.2
26 Engineering, Construction 15.0
27 Financial Data Services 14.8
28 Wholesalers: Health Care 14.6
29 Securities 14.5
30 Real Estate 13.9
31 Insurance: Property and Casualty (stock) 13.5
32 Motor Vehicles and Parts 13.2
33 Energy 13.1
34 Food and Drug Stores 12.5
35 Health Care: Pharmacy and Other Services 11.7
36 Home Equipment, Furnishings 11.5
37 Utilities: Gas and Electric 11.1
38 Insurance: Life, Health (stock) 11.0
39 Commercial Banks 10.7
40 Pipelines 10.7
41 Entertainment 10.5
42 Wholesalers: Electronics and Office Equipment 10.4
43 Telecommunications 10.1
44 Information Technology Services 9.8
45 Automotive Retailing, Services 9.0
46 Internet Services and Retailing 8.9
47 Health Care: Medical Facilities 6.5
48 Food Production 5.7
49 Semiconductors and Other Electronic Components 3.0
50 Diversified Financials -1.2
51 Homebuilders -30.1
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