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U.S. 153
Japan 64
France 39
U.S. Postal Service 785,929
Sinopec 634,011
Hon Hai Precision Industry 550,000
Exxon Mobil $40,610
Royal Dutch Shell $31,331
General Electric $22,208
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Top industries: Most profitable
1 Mining, Crude-oil production 19.8
2 Pharmaceuticals 17.7
3 Beverages 11.9
4 Household and Personal Products 11.8
5 Network and Other Communications Equipment 11.6
6 Building Materials, Glass 10.8
7 Entertainment 10.7
8 Banks: Commercial and Savings 10.4
9 Food Consumer Products 9.9
10 Utilities 9.0
11 Insurance: Property and Casualty (stock) 8.7
12 Telecommunications 8.4
13 Shipping 8.0
14 Industrial and Farm Equipment 7.9
15 Metals 7.4
16 Energy 7.2
17 Chemicals 7.0
18 Aerospace and Defense 6.7
19 Petroleum Refining 6.5
20 Health Care: Insurance and Managed Care 6.2
21 Securities 5.4
22 Computers, Office Equipment 4.8
23 Insurance: Life, Health (stock) 4.7
24 General Merchandisers 3.9
25 Specialty Retailers 3.8
26 Motor Vehicles and Parts 3.8
27 Trading 3.6
28 Electronics, Electrical Equipment 3.6
29 Airlines 3.1
30 Engineering, Construction 3.1
31 Food and Drug Stores 2.2
32 Mail, Package and Freight Delivery 2.1
33 Wholesalers: Health Care 1.2
34 Food Services 0.0
34 Food Production 0.0
34 Semiconductors and Other Electronic Components 0.0
34 Railroads 0.0
34 Pipelines 0.0
34 Miscellaneous 0.0
34 Insurance: Property and Casualty (mutual) 0.0
34 Insurance: Life, Health (mutual) 0.0
34 Information Technology Services 0.0
34 Computer Software 0.0
34 Wholesalers: Food and Grocery 0.0
34 Wholesalers: Electronics and Office Equipment 0.0
34 Health Care: Pharmacy and Other Services 0.0
34 Tobacco 0.0
34 Automotive Retailing, Services 0.0
34 Temporary Help 0.0
34 Forest and Paper Products 0.0
34 Diversified Financials -3.0
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