Table of contents: VOL. 151, NO. 8 - April 18, 2005
In a year to remember fondly, America's largest companies settled in for a stretch of broad and healthy growth. (more)

Bing!: While You Were Out
With apologies to the Walrus and the Carpenter. (more)

On the back of $55 oil, Exxon Mobil has become one of the world's richest companies. And that's the problem.By Nelson D. Schwartz (more)

The Fortune 500
For Wal-Mart, the customer has always been king. But lately the retailer has realized that it has other constituents--and some are mad as hell. Can the world's biggest company adjust? (more)
Everybody says CEO-elect Paul Otellini is no technologist. Well, guess what? A numbers guy who thinks like a marketer might be just what the venerable chip giant needs. (more)
With housing sales soaring, homebuilders are the toast of this year's FORTUNE 500--and none is riding higher than luxury specialist Toll Brothers. But what happens when there's a slowdown? (more)
It's the single most important business gathering in the world. But can Wal-Mart's legendary Saturday Morning Meeting take the controversial company to the next level? (more)
In a year to remember fondly, America's largest companies settled in for a stretch of broad and healthy growth. (more)
Since 1995, ten companies have climbed 250 places or more up the FORTUNE 500. Here is how they did it. (more)
Sex, drugs, and rock & roll? Nope. But here are a few oddball items as a reminder that there is more to the business world than business. (more)
The industries, BY PERFORMANCE (more)
The companies, BY PERFORMANCE (more)
The call comes from all corners of the FORTUNE 500. But how well does the General Electric playbook travel? (more)
Anyone who's ever been in the spotlight knows fame is a fickle friend. What ever became of Nabisco's Ross Johnson, for example? Or People Express founder Donald Burr? Or insider trader Dennis Levine? We tracked down 11 of these once household names--most of whom haven't spoken to the press in years--to find out what they've been up to. (more)
No-bid contracts, cronyism, profiteering--scandal clings to this company like lint on a $100 bag of laundry. But the really ugly tale about Halliburton? Its business. (more)
The Magic Kingdom meets the Middle Kingdom, as Disney sets its sights on China. But for new chief Robert Iger, who has been leading the charge, wishing on a red star could be a risky strategy. (more)
Bye-bye, financial-advisors division. Hello, supercharged credit card business! That's what American Express's CEO is saying. Here's how he's planning to make it happen. (more)
The Fortune 500 Lists
Unlike in the go-go '90s, when tech was all the rage, the old-fashioned, brawny types--like construction, mining, and the steel industry--stood out this year. One big winner: United States Steel (No. 149). In 2003 it lost $463 million; in 2004, thanks to the recovering domestic economy and surging demand from China, it made $1.1 billion. (more)
Blue staters, take heart. You lost the presidency but won the 500: The 20 blue (i.e., John Kerry) states are home to 288 companies. That's 58%--a landslide! (more)
Teen retailer's results also hurt by falling sales, gross margins. |more|