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Industry Rank Industry 2008 %
1 Food Services -5.8
2 Health Care: Pharmacy and Other Services -9.2
3 Pharmaceuticals -12.7
4 Railroads -15.3
5 Food Consumer Products -16.6
6 Household and Personal Products -17.5
7 Information Technology Services -20.8
8 Utilities: Gas and Electric -23.0
9 Specialty Retailers -24.0
10 Airlines -26.6
11 Mining, Crude-Oil production -30.4
12 Insurance: Property and Casualty (stock) -31.8
13 Wholesalers: Diversified -33.3
14 Medical Products and Equipment -33.4
15 Food and Drug Stores -34.4
16 Financial Data Services -35.1
17 Beverages -37.5
18 Industrial Machinery -38.5
19 Chemicals -38.7
20 Packaging, Containers -39.3
21 Wholesalers: Health Care -39.7
22 Network and Other Communications Equipment -39.8
23 Engineering, Construction -40.8
24 Aerospace and Defense -43.0
25 Home Equipment, Furnishings -43.1
26 Health Care: Medical Facilities -43.3
27 Telecommunications -43.8
28 Pipelines -44.8
29 Food Production -46.7
30 Scientific, Photographic, and Control Equipment -49.2
31 Electronics, Electrical Equipment -49.9
32 Wholesalers: Electronics and Office Equipment -50.0
33 Computers, Office Equipment -50.1
34 Energy -50.8
35 Commercial Banks -50.8
36 Internet Services and Retailing -51.5
37 Semiconductors and Other Electronic Components -53.7
38 Petroleum Refining -53.9
39 General Merchandisers -54.1
40 Entertainment -55.5
41 Securities -55.8
42 Diversified Financials -56.2
43 Oil and Gas Equipment, Services -57.4
44 Construction and Farm Machinery -61.7
45 Automotive Retailing, Services -64.1
46 Health Care: Insurance and Managed Care -65.5
47 Insurance: Life, Health (stock) -66.2
48 Metals -68.2
49 Forest and Paper Products -70.1
50 Motor Vehicles and Parts -79.1
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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