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The Global 5000 Database for May 2011

During the past month of May, we have continued our updates and completed 400 more in May in addition to the 500 completed in April. We now have over 4,900 records in the database with approximately 3,800 containing new, updated data. In addition, we have focused on –...

Global 5000 – Where Does the Revenue Come From?

There has been a fair amount of business press lately about the nationalization vs globalization moves of large companies. Are these large companies really global giants? To look at where some of these firms get their revenue, we examined 10 of the largest US...

The Ups and Downs of the Technology Markets

This past week we read the news of impending layoffs at Cisco, a strong financial report from Dell and a cautious outlook from HP.  A mixed bag for sure.  Looking back at the past few years of revenue reporting from the technology companies in The Global 5000, we find...

Fortune 500 and The Bigger World of The Global 5000

Fortune just released the F500 listing based on 2010 revenue and it gives us a chance to see where these companies rank compared to the continuing, expanding global picture. The Fortune list includes US public companies whereas The Global 5000 includes all countries...

How Many Billion $$ Companies ?

Everybody knows it makes sense to follow the money. With our recent monthly update, we now find 3,000 companies in The Global 5000 have revenue of at least $1 billion. How does your client base look?  How many of those do you have? Most of them are in the US. Looking...

Private Companies in The Global 5000

Many database compilers these days build files and lists from any number of public company filings. We have seen company prospect files with no private company prospects. There will be private companies in the database but they are usually clients. It is easy to find...

Maturing Technology Markets

An article posted on Yahoo business today was interesting in that it brought to light the concept that some technology markets have matured and technology based companies are starting to think about the business differently. This was about Samsung Electronics selling...

Global 5000 Companies Making Big Changes

In March, we completed updates on 728 companies among the Global 5000.  Most of these were updates to new revenue posted as part of their financial postings. Additionally, there was a lot of activity on the M&A and spin-off front. The list below are all those that...

March Updates and a Focus on Japan

During the past month we have been researching a backlog of older records to determine if they belong in the top Global 5000.  That process is completed and we are now updating revenue and employees from the financial filings. This time of year, they come in fast and...

Going Global — how else are you going to grow?

As companies are finding business bouncing back from the recession, the next focus point is on growth. Having managed thru difficult times, pared back on hiring and found various ways to drive new productivity, businesses survived and most did well.  With that, there...

China Acquisition in Aerospace

One of the industry news items today was the announcement that China's AVIC (Aviation Industry of China) is in talks to buy a small US airplane market. This is interesting on many levels and truly shows how the world is changing -- lest anyone thought we are really...

Updating Global 5000 Companies in February 2011

A combination of companies filing revenue for the year end 2010 and a wave of mergers & acquisition activity has made this period a very busy time.  We update records in the database at least once a year when the new revenue is posted or when a merger/acquisition...