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2. Royal Dutch Shell
Royal Dutch Shell
Financials: Latest Results
Rank: 2 (Previous rank: 1)
CEO: Peter R. Voser
Employees: 101,000
Address: Carel van Bylandtlaan 30
The Hague  2596
Country: Netherlands
Website: www.shell.com
While Europes biggest oil company fell out of the Global 500s top spot, its earnings beat those of rivals ExxonMobil and BP. The recession cut energy demand, causing prices to fall far below their record highs of 2008, but CEO Peter Voser took bold steps to make the company more competitive, selling assets, merging divisions and cutting jobs.

2010 looks better, but Voser admits on Shells website that the Gulf oil spill is adding to market uncertainty. He says the disaster will have a significant impact on offshore operations, resulting in potentially more regulation and higher costs.

-- N.T.

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  $ millions % change from 2008
Revenues 285,129.0 -39.5
Profits 12,518.0 -52.4
Assets 292,181.0 --
Stockholders' equity 136,431.0 --
Profits as % of  
Revenues 4.4
Assets 4.3
From the July 26, 2010 issue
Figures prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standards.
Company is incorporated in Britain. Executive offices are in the Netherlands.
Excise taxes have been deducted.
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