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38. Dell
Rank: 38 (Previous rank: 33)
CEO: Michael S. Dell
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The Dell model -- lean inventory, just-what-the-customer-wants manufacturing, skip-the-middleman marketing -- was the stuff of business legend. No longer.

Global U.S.-based competitors either matched Dell's efficiency (Hewlett Packard) and or bested it in innovation (Apple) while a slew of Asian manufacturers have beaten Dell to the low-cost punch.

The computer giant has responded by boosting its slate of potentially lucrative corporate computing services with the $3.9-billion purchase of Perot Data Systems. For now, Dell is stuck with falling sales and eroding margins. Hardly model behavior. --A.L.

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Key financials $ millions % change
from 2008
Revenues 52,902.0 -13.4
Profits 1,433.0 -42.2
Assets 33,652.0
Stockholders' equity 5,641.0
Market value (3/26/2010) 29,326.7
Profits as % of  
Revenues 2.7
Assets 4.3
Stockholders' equity 25.4
Earnings per share  
2009 $ 0.73
% change from 2008 -41.6
1999-2009 annual growth rate % 1.8
Total return to investors %
2009 40.2
1999-2009 annual rate -11.9
Rank Company 500
($ millions)
1 Hewlett-Packard 10 114,552.0
2 Dell 38 52,902.0
3 Apple 56 36,537.0
4 Xerox 152 15,179.0
5 Sun Microsystems 204 11,449.0
6 Pitney Bowes 375 5,569.2
7 NCR 451 4,612.0
Issue date: May 3, 2010.
Acquired Perot Systems (2008 rank: 723), Nov. 3, 2009.
Figures are for fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2010.
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