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Industry Rank Industry 2008 $
1 Wholesalers: Health Care 4.13
2 Wholesalers: Electronics and Office Equipment 3.42
3 Petroleum Refining 3.11
4 Automotive Retailing, Services 2.68
5 Food and Drug Stores 2.44
6 Wholesalers: Diversified 2.25
7 Food Production 2.23
8 Engineering, Construction 2.00
9 Specialty Retailers 2.00
10 Health Care: Pharmacy and Other Services 1.94
11 Food Services 1.58
12 Metals 1.51
13 General Merchandisers 1.49
14 Health Care: Insurance and Managed Care 1.45
15 Motor Vehicles and Parts 1.45
16 Household and Personal Products 1.33
17 Electronics, Electrical Equipment 1.32
18 Construction and Farm Machinery 1.24
19 Food Consumer Products 1.24
20 Pipelines 1.21
21 Health Care: Medical Facilities 1.16
22 Industrial Machinery 1.12
23 Chemicals 1.11
24 Packaging, Containers 1.09
25 Information Technology Services 1.05
26 Aerospace and Defense 1.04
27 Oil and Gas Equipment, Services 1.00
28 Airlines 0.99
29 Home Equipment, Furnishings 0.99
30 Computers, Office Equipment 0.97
31 Beverages 0.88
32 Forest and Paper Products 0.80
33 Medical Products and Equipment 0.80
34 Semiconductors and Other Electronic Components 0.78
35 Scientific, Photographic, and Control Equipment 0.75
36 Network and Other Communications Equipment 0.67
37 Pharmaceuticals 0.66
38 Telecommunications 0.61
39 Internet Services and Retailing 0.55
40 Entertainment 0.52
41 Real Estate 0.49
42 Energy 0.48
43 Hotels, Casinos, Resorts 0.47
44 Mining, Crude-Oil production 0.47
45 Railroads 0.44
46 Utilities: Gas and Electric 0.40
47 Financial Data Services 0.35
48 Securities 0.30
49 Insurance: Property and Casualty (stock) 0.27
50 Diversified Financials 0.15
51 Insurance: Life, Health (mutual) 0.14
52 Insurance: Life, Health (stock) 0.09
53 Commercial Banks 0.07
Issue date: May 4, 2009
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Texas 64
New York 56
California 51
Company 2008 $ (millions)
Exxon Mobil $45,220.0
Chevron $23,931.0
Microsoft $17,681.0
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