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Rank Company Global 500
Rank
Profits % change from 2007 2008 Profits ($ millions)
1 Alliance Boots 301 748.3 170.2
2 United Parcel Service 143 686.1 3,003.0
3 China United Telecommunications 419 283.2 2,840.5
4 Bombardier 468 218.0 1,008.0
5 Israel Corp. 466 183.2 320.0
6 Deutsche Telekom 61 178.7 2,170.6
7 Wilmar International 300 163.8 1,531.0
8 Bristol-Myers Squibb 435 142.4 5,247.0
9 United States Steel 382 140.3 2,112.0
10 Merck 378 138.4 7,808.4
11 Murphy Oil 326 127.0 1,740.0
12 Société Générale 43 127.0 2,942.0
13 Noble Group 218 123.6 577.3
14 GDF Suez 53 110.1 7,109.3
15 Nestlé 48 87.8 16,669.6
16 Banco do Brasil 174 84.8 4,801.8
17 China South Industries Group 428 81.3 296.9
18 McDonald's 388 80.1 4,313.2
19 BAE Systems 279 77.5 3,199.8
20 Japan Post Holdings 11 73.3 4,208.5
21 Rexel 490 72.1 336.9
22 Siemens 30 69.8 8,595.1
23 Surgutneftegas 420 66.9 5,785.2
24 BG Group 390 64.1 5,734.0
25 News Corp. 250 57.2 5,387.0
26 Bank of Communications 494 53.3 4,085.4
27 Wesfarmers 287 52.2 939.5
28 Enterprise GP Holdings 223 50.5 164.1
29 EnCana 284 50.1 5,944.0
30 George Weston 254 48.8 780.2
31 Industrial & Commercial Bank of China 92 48.8 15,948.5
32 China Construction Bank 125 46.8 13,323.7
33 Petrobras 34 43.7 18,879.0
34 Woolworths 180 43.3 1,455.6
35 Enel 62 42.3 7,747.3
36 Henkel 448 41.8 1,787.2
37 PDVSA 27 38.7 7,451.0
38 Apple 253 38.3 4,834.0
39 Unilever 121 38.3 7,357.9
40 Edeka Zentrale 391 37.6 384.7
41 Kirin Holdings 498 36.9 775.8
42 Bunge 138 36.8 1,064.0
43 Express Scripts 418 36.7 776.1
44 Accenture 348 36.1 1,691.8
45 China Mobile Communications 99 35.8 11,442.0
46 China Communications Construction 341 35.7 601.8
47 Amazon.com 485 35.5 645.0
48 Maruhan 452 35.3 213.2
49 Abbott Laboratories 294 35.3 4,880.7
50 Fluor 412 35.1 720.5
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Rank # of Global 500 Companies
U.S. 140
Japan 68
France 40
Company 2008 Number of Employees
Wal-Mart Stores 2,100,000
China National Petroleum 1,618,393
State Grid 1,537,000
Company 2008 Profits
($ millions)
Exxon Mobil $45,220
Gazprom $29,864
Royal Dutch Shell $26,277
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