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Top industries: Most bang for the buck
Industry
median rank
Industry 2008 $
1 Banks: Commercial and Savings 9,865,282
2 Insurance: Life, Health (stock) 7,852,939
3 Insurance: Property and Casualty (Stock) 3,731,880
4 Diversified Financials 2,637,934
5 Energy 1,970,439
6 Utilities 1,814,128
7 Petroleum Refining 1,696,087
8 Mining, Crude-Oil Production 1,279,101
9 Trading 1,261,532
10 Health Care: Insurance and Managed Care 1,009,930
11 Telecommunications 876,379
12 Pharmaceuticals 826,955
13 Wholesalers: Health Care 809,032
14 Tobacco 761,977
15 Chemicals 678,701
16 Shipping 619,879
17 Building Materials, Glass 545,124
18 Industrial Machinery 536,886
19 Food Production 535,712
20 Beverages 508,514
21 Network and Other Communications Equipment 458,800
22 Household and Personal Products 438,399
23 Entertainment 416,647
24 Motor Vehicles and Parts 401,254
25 Metals 374,824
26 Airlines 365,102
27 Food Consumer Products 352,619
28 Mail, Package, and Freight Delivery 342,508
29 Engineering, Construction 341,955
30 Aerospace and Defense 312,938
31 Electronics, Electrical Equip. 284,011
32 Computers, Office Equipment 234,543
33 Specialty Retailers 170,802
34 Food and Drug Stores 146,982
35 General Merchandisers 129,131
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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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