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Top industries: Most profitable
Industry rank Industry 2008 %
1 Food Consumer Products 14.3
2 Mining, Crude-Oil Production 14.1
3 Pharmaceuticals 11.5
4 Household and Personal Products 8.7
5 Tobacco 7.3
6 Entertainment 7.1
7 Computers, Office Equipment 6.8
8 Aerospace and Defense 6.1
9 Industrial Machinery 5.8
10 Specialty Retailers 5.8
11 Petroleum Refining 5.4
12 Shipping 5.2
13 Food Production 5.1
14 Health Care: Insurance and Managed Care 5.0
15 Network and Other Communications Equipment 4.7
16 Telecommunications 4.5
17 Metals 4.4
18 Food and Drug Stores 4.1
19 Building Materials, Glass 4.0
20 Trading 3.0
21 Energy 2.8
22 Chemicals 2.5
23 General Merchandisers 1.9
24 Beverages 1.7
25 Wholesalers: Health Care 1.6
26 Engineering, Construction 1.5
27 Electronics, Electrical Equip. 1.3
28 Utilities 0.9
29 Mail, Package, and Freight Delivery 0.8
30 Motor Vehicles and Parts 0.7
31 Insurance: Property and Casualty (Stock) 0.4
32 Banks: Commercial and Savings 0.3
33 Insurance: Life, Health (stock) 0.2
34 Diversified Financials -1.2
35 Airlines -5.9
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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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