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Top industries: Most bang for the buck
Industry median rank Industry 2008 $
1 Petroleum Refining 3,044,000
2 Wholesalers: Health Care 2,027,600
3 Energy 1,360,705
4 Diversified Financials 1,307,001
5 Food Production 1,268,695
6 Trading 1,025,257
7 Health Care: Insurance and Managed Care 1,001,605
8 Insurance: Life, Health (stock) 960,056
9 Utilities 910,711
10 Insurance: Property and Casualty (Stock) 753,100
11 Mining, Crude-Oil Production 697,695
12 Shipping 666,363
13 Banks: Commercial and Savings 653,314
14 Chemicals 639,935
15 Telecommunications 522,884
16 Entertainment 515,563
17 Metals 490,863
18 Pharmaceuticals 483,817
19 Network and Other Communications Equipment 471,031
20 Tobacco 445,043
21 Motor Vehicles and Parts 439,042
22 Industrial Machinery 411,165
23 Household and Personal Products 377,281
24 Beverages 345,714
25 Food Consumer Products 340,879
26 Building Materials, Glass 336,281
27 Airlines 327,138
28 Aerospace and Defense 304,323
29 Engineering, Construction 298,990
30 Computers, Office Equipment 292,773
31 Electronics, Electrical Equip. 282,660
32 Food and Drug Stores 279,669
33 Specialty Retailers 279,386
34 General Merchandisers 189,092
35 Mail, Package, and Freight Delivery 135,098
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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
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Exxon Mobil $45,220
Gazprom $29,864
Royal Dutch Shell $26,277
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