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December Updates and a 2011 Preview

During the month of December, we updated 414 companies in The Global 5000 database. Many of these are companies that have field their 2010 revenue totals since their Fiscal Year end is September or October.  From these reports we can get a good glimpse at the overall...

More Activity with Utility Companies

A few weeks back we noted the announcement of a merger/acquisition involving Nicor (#1536 on the Global 5000) and AGL Resources (#1839).  Until now, this has not been common in that many utility companies are tightly regulated or government owned or quasi-government....

Numbers Can Be Head Scratchers

Like many of us these days, we have been watching for the hopeful signs of economic growth and much of the attention naturally turns to GDP and GDP growth. While we 'kind of'  know what GDP represents, the details are best left up to the economists -- those of the...

Country and Industry Updates for The Global 5000

We have released new updates for the Global 5000 including industry selections and data for the Chemical industry and Business Services.  On the country selections, we now have the UK and Japanese countries completed and separate selections on the databases tab. Each...

Global 5000 Company Updates – 17 December 2010

During the week ended 17 December, 96 more records were updated.  These companies had 2009 revenue that was 8.6% lower than 2008. This was after showing growth in 2007 of 8.6% and 9.6% in 2008.  For those companies reporting 2010 revenues (for non-December FY end)...

A Merger of Utilities

This past week we noted the announcement of a merger/acquisition involving Nicor (#1536 on the Global 5000) and AGL Resources (#1839).  These are not that common in that many utility companies are either state / government owned or quasi-government. We have 120...

Global 5000 Company Updates – 10 December 2010

Over the past week, we updated 96 records. About half those were companies with Fiscal Year ends of September and with most of that revenue in 2010, we are starting to see how 2010 is recovering over the past (bad) year of 2009. A couple of interesting facts from this...

Global 5000 Database Updates – 3 December 2010

This week, 142 records were updated with the majority of them outside the US with Fiscal Yearend between Jule and September - so we have a look at how 2010 numbers will look. For this group of comapnies, 2009 was down 7.2% compared to 2008 and 2010 is down another...

Airlines Flying Again

During this recession, the airlines have been hit as hard as any industry ... and all who have done any travel during these years have felt it as well with reduced services.  After a year of back and forth jumping thru the regulatory hurdles, British Airways and...

Global 5000 Database Updates – 26 November 2010

During the week ending 26 November, we updated 223 records. Looking at year over year revenue for these companies, the total revenues dropped by 3.4% as companies continue to try and find growth coming out of the recession. We continue searching on LinkedIn contacts...

Global 5000 Updates – 19 November 2010

During the week ending 19 Nov, we completed 136 updates. Year over year revenues for this group were down 8% - reflecting the lingering effects of the recession. Included in these updates is the linkage to LinkedIn contacts. LinkedIn continues to be the strongest with...

Caterpillar Makes a Buy

Caterpillar announced they are acquiring Bucyrus International.  Caterpillar is number 2 in their industry segment and #153 in The Global 5000 list.  Bucyrus is ranked 65 in Farm and Industrial Equipment industry and #1953 in the Global 5000. This industry segment has...

Global 5000 Updates – 12 November 2010

For the week ending 12 November, we updated 177 records. In addition the revenue and employee counts with these updates, we also researched and added in counts for LinkedIn records associated with those companies. The largest companies in the updates this week are:...

Global 5000 Company Updates 5 Nov 2010

For the week ending 5 Nov, we updated 73 company records. We also noted that Forbes released their 2010 list of private companies.  This year there are 223 companies that made that list.  They are US only and the cut-off is $2 billion in revenue. That list is being...

A Health Care Merger

In the news today, McKesson (# 46 on the G5000 list) has agreed to acquire private company US Oncology (#1686 on the G5000 with $3.3 billion) . We know the Health Care sector is huge -- over $3 trillion - and a hot spot in the news these days.  There are 250 companies...

Company Updates 29 Oct 2010

This week, 82 companies were updated in the Global 5000 database.  The largest of these (by revenue)  include: Costco Wholesale Endesa Saudi Basic Industries China North Central Japan Railway Aegis Group Linde Group Caltex Australia Woori Investments & Securities...

Company Updates 22 Oct 10

This week we updated 91 records in the database. The largest companies in this group were: J. Sainsbury Marks & Spencer Toys R Us Kingfisher Thomson Reuters Sysco Weatherford International Telstra Portugal Telecom Overall, companies in this update saw their year...