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43. United Parcel Service
United Parcel Service
Rank: 43 (Previous rank: 43)
CEO: D. Scott Davis
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The world's largest package delivery company is a bellwether for the global economy. Unfortunately the recession meant UPS suffered double-digit revenue and profit declines last year. Not only were fewer packages sent, they were shipped on cheaper services, rather than UPS Next Day Air.

"Brown" responded with layoffs, but also upgraded its largest air hub in Louisville, Ky., to sort 416,000 packages an hour. When DHL abandoned the U.S. market last year, UPS scored a big win. When global trade picks back up, the company's infrastructure investments will likely score another. --J.S.

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Key financials $ millions % change
from 2008
Revenues 45,297.0 -12.0
Profits 2,152.0 -28.3
Assets 31,883.0
Stockholders' equity 7,630.0
Market value (3/26/2010) 63,214.9
Profits as % of  
Revenues 4.8
Assets 6.7
Stockholders' equity 28.2
Earnings per share  
2009 $ 2.14
% change from 2008 -27.2
1999-2009 annual growth rate % 10.8
Total return to investors %
2009 7.8
1999-2009 annual rate 0.1
Rank Company 500
($ millions)
1 United Parcel Service 43 45,297.0
2 FedEx 60 35,497.0
Issue date: May 3, 2010.
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United Parcel Service
55 Glenlake Pkwy. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30328
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