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American and the Airlines Dilemma

AMR, the parent company of American Airlines, filed for bankruptcy this week. They are the last of the major carriers to file. When we step back and look at the overall airline industry, there are some interesting differences between the largest airlines and the rest...

AsiaPac Countries in the Database

In our Global 5000 database, we have 761 companies located in the AsiaPac region - slightly more than the 680 in Europe. As many have pointed out, the region is full of promise and developing economies. Over the long term, growth rates are expected to exceed both...

The Saab Journey — now on to China

If Pang Da auto (one of Saab's new owners) was in the US, they would be in the top 300 of Fortune companies ... and hardly anyone knows the name. Saab auto has had quite the journey from its home in Sweden to being part of General Motors and now owned by a firm in...

BRIC Companies in The Global 5000

Periodically, various analysts and news articles bring the idea of BRIC country development comes to the front. Examining The Global 5000 companies, we find 6.5% of the companies are in Brazil, Russia, India and China.  But they represent nearly 10% of the revenue of...

Using Revenue per Employee as a Metric

Many companies look at numerous metrics to see how their own firm stacks up against their peers. One of those benchmarks is revenue per employee and we decided to look at The Global 5000 database and do some calculations. Normally, there are significant differences in...

How Do We Count Revenue For Banks?

When building and updating a B2B database, we try to gather revenue for each company so it is on a comparable basis as companies in other industry sectors. It sounds fairly simple and straight forward - however, it is not always that easy. In those financial...

M&A And Corporate Activity for September 2011

With September coming to a close, there were a number of corporate activities including M&A, IPO filings, private equity financing, and spin-offs. Focusing on the largest firms - The Global 5000 - there are generally more of these than in smaller companies. These...

Health Care Costs for Corporations Rising Dramtaically

A NY Times article today reported the dramatic rise in health care costs for employers. It is no surprise that this has had such an effect on employment in corporations. Plus, given what we have seen when looking at the revenue of health care related companies, this...

The Growing China Influence

Focusing on growth markets whether they are selected geographies, specific industries or sizes of companies is the goal of most companies these days. With growth slowing in the US and across Europe, most eyes are turning to Asia and with China as potentially the...

Average Employees at Global 5000 Companies

There has been a lot of interest recently in jobs and job growth as governments try to get economies moving. The Global 5000 companies naturally play a big role here as the largest companies and employers in the world. We went back & looked at the stats for the...

The Banking Industry Continues Sending Shudders

This past week, the European banking industry continued making everyone nervous and now comes the news that Bank of America is cutting 30,000 jobs. In recent weeks, there have been a number of banks shedding non-banking operations as they line up equity to meet...

M&A and Corporate Activity for August 2011

Like we published in previous months, there are a number of corporate activities including M&A, IPO filings, private equity financing, and spin-offs. Focusing on the largest firms - The Global 5000 - there are generally more of these than in smaller companies....

Where are the jobs?

A major point of contention as the global economy recovers and then falters is that the recovery appears to be a jobless one. Like many generalizations, it pays to scratch the surface and look at some of the data to get a better look at where there has been job growth...