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Top 10 biggest companies in the world 2009

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Top 10 biggest companies in the world

Posted by Muhammad Farooq

Scores based on their rankings for sales, profits, assets and market value. General Electric ended HSBC Holdings’ one-year reign as the world’s largest company. Here are the 25 biggest companies in the world.

No. 1: General Electric
Industry: Conglomerate, U.S.

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Ranked second last year, General Electric is now the world’s largest company, based on its composite score for sales, profits, assets and market value.

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No. 2: Royal Dutch Shell
Industry: Oil and gas operations, U.K.

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Its $458 billion in revenues puts this integrated petroleum company in first place in sales and second in our Global 2000 composite ranking based on sales, profits, assets and market value.

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No. 3: Toyota Motor
Industry: Consumer Durables, Japan

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Japan’s Toyota Motor, with a market capital of $102 billion, is the world’s highest-ranked auto company on the Global 2000.

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No. 4: ExxonMobil
Industry: Oil and gas operations,U.S.

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Despite record profits of $45.2 billion at ExxonMobil, the U.S. company slipped behind Royal Dutch Shell in its overall Global 2000 ranking. The reason: Royal Dutch ranked higher in both revenues and assets.

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No. 5: BP

Industry: Oil and gas operations, U.K. BP

This U.K. petroleum giant is in fifth place worldwide for profits as well as its Global 2000 composite ranking

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No. 6: HSBC Holdings
Industry: Banking,U.K.

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After a one-year reign at the head of the Global 2000, this international banking giant fell back to the sixth position.

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No. 7: AT&T
Industry: Telecom services, U.S. att_logo1

Last year, AT&T scored a 7.7% increase in profits on only a 4.3% gain in revenues

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No. 8: Wal-Mart Stores
Industry: Retailing, U.S.

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The economic downturn worked in favor of the world’s largest retailer, which climbed from 16th last year to the eighth this year on its Global 2000 ranking.

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No. 9: Banco Santander
Industry: Banking, Spain banco santander

Its acquisition of Alliance and Leicester of the U.K. helped this bank, headquartered in Madrid, shoot up in rank on the Global 2000.

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No. 10 : Chevron
Industry: Oil and gas operations,U.S.

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This U.S. integrated oil giant ties with Banco Santander of Spain for ninth place on a composite ranking of sales, profits, assets and market value.

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