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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...

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...