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And the winners are…
Once again, Wal-Mart grabs the No. 1 spot. See which other companies are the largest on the planet. more
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4. BP

20 money losers
Even giants like General Motors and Merrill Lynch had a rough time in 2007. Here are 20 companies that finished the year in the red. more
20 most profitable
Exxon Mobil again tops Fortune's list of top earners. Which other companies are among the most profitable on the planet? more
Wal-Mart tops Global 500 list
For the second consecutive year, the largest retailer is also the world's largest company with nearly $379 billion in revenue. more video
Global mentor match-up
These five rising stars are learning from the leaders. Photographs by Gregg Segal. more
Global 500 companies by country
The United States lays claim to the most global giants, followed by Japan, and then France. more
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• Japan
Top performers
India’s Tata Steel leads the way for companies that saw the biggest increases in sales last year. more
Women CEOs
In 2007, 12 of the Fortune Global 500 companies were run by women - only 10 were in 2006. more
Which industries rule?
The banking industry saw the biggest sales increase, while the airline business saw the biggest jump in profits, with earnings surging 118%. more
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U.S. 153
Japan 64
France 39
U.S. Postal Service 785,929
Sinopec 634,011
Hon Hai Precision Industry 550,000
Exxon Mobil $40,610
Royal Dutch Shell $31,331
General Electric $22,208
FAQ and methodology
All companies on the list must publish financial data and report part or all of their figures to a government agency. In the U.S., private companies and cooperatives... More
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