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Industry Rank Industry 2003 - 2008 % Annual
Growth in Profits
1 Metals 57.9
2 Internet Services and Retailing 55.5
3 Oil and Gas Equipment, Services 48.9
4 Wholesalers: Diversified 36.9
5 Engineering, Construction 29.5
6 Construction and Farm Machinery 26.5
7 Network and Other Communications Equipment 24.2
8 Railroads 23.6
9 Aerospace and Defense 23.2
10 Pipelines 22.6
11 Petroleum Refining 21.7
12 Mining, Crude-Oil production 18.2
13 Medical Products and Equipment 15.6
14 Industrial Machinery 15.1
15 Securities 13.9
16 Health Care: Pharmacy and Other Services 13.4
17 Food and Drug Stores 12.9
18 Computers, Office Equipment 12.8
19 Pharmaceuticals 12.1
20 Wholesalers: Health Care 11.7
21 Chemicals 10.1
22 Food Services 9.8
23 Health Care: Insurance and Managed Care 8.8
24 Telecommunications 8.6
25 Food Consumer Products 7.6
26 Utilities: Gas and Electric 6.6
27 Household and Personal Products 6.1
28 Beverages 6.0
29 Specialty Retailers 5.5
30 Health Care: Medical Facilities 5.3
31 Information Technology Services 4.3
32 Food Production 4.0
33 General Merchandisers 1.3
34 Diversified Financials -1.8
35 Commercial Banks -5.0
36 Insurance: Property and Casualty (stock) -6.2
37 Insurance: Life, Health (stock) -9.3
38 Home Equipment, Furnishings -10.0
39 Motor Vehicles and Parts -11.8
40 Energy -15.6
41 Insurance: Life, Health (mutual) -18.3
42 Hotels, Casinos, Resorts -20.7
43 Automotive Retailing, Services -29.2
44 Wholesalers: Electronics and Office Equipment -33.8
45 Entertainment -35.1
Issue date: May 4, 2009
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California 51
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Chevron $23,931.0
Microsoft $17,681.0
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