Victims of the Downturn?

The American magazine “Fortune” has just published its online ranking of the world’s largest corporations according to their annual revenue. Shell took first place over last years leader Wal-Mart, and there is no surprise to see that once again petroleum companies dominate – occupying 6 of the 10 first ranks. And if General Motors “disappeared”, Toyota Motor took 10th position. Do you think their fortune will create employment; be invested in developing sustainable energies and reducing CO2 emissions; or simply help them make more money? We’ll let you draw your own conclusions…

Rank

Company Revenues ($ millions) Profits ($ millions)

1

Royal Dutch Shell

458,361

26,277

2

Exxon Mobil

442,851

45,220

3

Wal-Mart Stores

405,607

13,400

4

BP

367,053

21,157

5

Chevron

263,159

23,931

6

Total

234,674

15,500

7

ConocoPhillips

230,764

-16,998

8

ING Group

226,577

– 1,067

9

Sinopec

207,814

– 1,961

10

Toyota Motor

204,352

– 4,349

http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/global500/2009/full_list/

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