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1. Wal-Mart Stores
Wal-Mart Stores
Financials: Latest Results
Rank: 1 (Previous rank: 3)
CEO: Michael T. Duke
Employees: 2,100,000
Address: 702 S.W. Eighth St.
Bentonville, Arkansas  72716
Country: U.S.
Website: www.walmartstores.com
Despite the global recession, the discount retailerís bargain prices lured consumers worldwide under new President and CEO Michael Duke. Wal-Mart continued expanding globally, reaching further into Asian markets, and it completed its biggest Latin-America acquisition: a controlling interest in Chileís largest grocer, Distribucion y Servicio.

Growth won't be easy for Wal-Mart in 2010. In the U.S., the retailer must battle high unemployment and rising gas prices. But international sales could pick up the slack: In 2009, nearly 25% of income came from outside the U.S. As Duke told investors and analysts at Wal-Martís annual shareholder meeting in June: Global markets are "becoming an even bigger and more important part of our company."

-- Nin-Hai Tseng

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  $ millions % change from 2008
Revenues 408,214.0 0.6
Profits 14,335.0 7.0
Assets 170,706.0 --
Stockholders' equity 70,749.0 --
Profits as % of  
Revenues 3.5
Assets 8.4
From the July 26, 2010 issue
Figures are for fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2010.
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U.S. 139
Japan 71
China 46
Company 2009 Number of Employees
Wal-Mart Stores 2,100,000
China National Petroleum 1,649,992
State Grid 1,533,800
Company 2009 Profits
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Gazprom $24,556
Exxon Mobil $19,280
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