Rank: 9 (Previous rank: 14)
Compare tool: Hewlett-Packard vs. Top 10
CEO: Mark V. Hurd
Address: 3000 Hanover St.
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Yes, HP's leap into the top 10 was aided by its funky fiscal year. HP closes its books in October, which means its 2008 revenues were shielded from the economic disaster that was last November and December.
Even so, HP's performance was impressive. Revenue and earnings rose 13% and 15% respectively, buoyed by strong demand for laptops (up 21%) and services (10%). And that latter figure doesn't even include the impact from newly acquired EDS. - J.B.
Industry: Computers, Office Equipment
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