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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...

2 Japanese Steel firms Merging

This week, two more Global 5000 companies announced they were merging ... Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal Industries.  Just watching The Global 5000 companies on a regular basis we see mergers and combinations on a regular basis. This one feels different. It is not...

Matching your CRM records to The Global 5000

We have recently added match codes to The Global 5000 to facilitate matching your company records to Global 5000 companies.  These codes are generated based on country of origin, company name and an industry code. Many contact record systems are based on individual...

January 2011 Updates for Global 5000 Companies

During the month of January 358 records were updated with new data, changes including 40 new additions. Every month, we continue to add new records as we conduct our research. Plus we have a regular rotation so that all records are researched and updated with the...

Chinese Bank Signs Deal to Buy US Branches

In a news report today, Industrial & Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) has agreed to a deal to buy US branches of Bank of East Asia of Hong Kong. ICBC is 70% owned by the government of China and is number 13 in The Global 5000 banking sector with approximately $70...

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...