New York: Walmart kept its lock on the top ranking of the Fortune 500 annual list of the largest US companies today, while Apple was the most profitable and Facebook the most upward-bound, Fortune Magazine announced.
Retail behemoth Wal-Mart Stores remained in the number one spot for the third year in a row, based on company revenues last year of USD 485.6 billion.
They put it ahead of number-two ExxonMobil, with USD 382.6 billion, and then Chevron, Berkshire Hathaway and Apple, in a top five ranking that was unchanged from 2014.
The biggest jump was notched by Facebook, which climbed from 341 to 242. New entrants included emerging tech heavyweights Salesforce.com, Netflix and Expedia.
While Walmart was the largest by revenues, Apple's USD 39.5 billion in profits led the pack, followed by Exxon with USD 32.5 billion. Microsoft, Google, IBM, Intel and Oracle all placed in the top 20 in profits while outside the top 20 by revenue.
The companies in the Fortune 500 had total revenues of USD 12.5 trillion in 2014, up 2.6 per cent from last year and an all-time record.
Total profits were down 12.6 per cent to USD 945 billion.
Updated Date: Jun 05, 2015 09:11 AM