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3. Wal-Mart Stores
Wal-Mart Stores
Financials: Latest Results
Rank: 3 (Previous rank: 1)
CEO: Michael T. Duke
Employees: 2,100,000
Address: 702 S.W. Eighth St.
Bentonville, Arkansas  72716
Country: U.S.
Website: www.walmartstores.com

Wal-Mart was the hottest stock in the Dow Jones industrial average in 2008 as cash-strapped consumers around the world flocked to its stores for bargain groceries and toys. The Bentonville-based retailer lost the title of world's biggest company in 2008. But think of its growth as former CEO Lee Scott does: In 2008, Wal-Mart racked up $30 billion in additional sales -- the equivalent of adding the annual sales of a Fortune 75 company.

That growth was fueled by double-digit sales increases at international stores (U.S. sales only grew 6%.) Wal-Mart China alone added 28 stores over the year. Wal-Mart's 2009 prospects remain promising as shoppers battered by the recession shop for value.

  $ millions % change from 2007
Revenues 405,607.0 7.1
Profits 13,400.0 5.3
Assets 163,429.0
Stockholders' equity 65,285.0
Profits as % of  
Revenues 3.3
Assets 8.2
Rank Company Global 500
($ millions)
1 Wal-Mart Stores 3 405,607.0
2 Target 100 64,948.0
3 Sears Holdings 160 46,770.0
4 Foncière Euris 176 43,133.3
5 PPR 277 30,663.3
6 Macy's 358 24,892.0
From the July 20, 2009 issue
Figures are for fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2009.
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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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