The 10 largest companies in the world

wall-martToday Fortune magazine has released its list of the most famous companies in the world “Global 500” ranking the 500 most important companies in the world. Let’s look at the top 10, which have undergone some changes compared to the 2013 list.

Wal-Mart Stores

United States – Supermarkets
The family-owned supermarket stands on the top of the list, largely because of its internationalization that this year was the most important, besides good management Doug McMillon this year assumed the presidency of the company directors.

Royal Dutch Shell

Netherlands – Oil and Gas
This year the company suffered a 4.6% drop in sales, a fact which fell to second place in the list. This year there was a change of command, entered CEO Ben van Beurden a new policy where the priority given to financial results.

Sinopec Group

China – Oil and gas
Its growth began in 2012 (6.8% annually), this year its oil production and improved its expansion in Iraq help the company jump a spot on this list.

China National Petroleum

China – Oil and gas
This year the company had a 5.7% increase in sales also signed an important agreement with Russia for 30 years which ensures future growth.

Exxon Mobil

United States – Oil and gas
Although in recent years there has been a significant decline in sales (9.2%) expansion has been able to match things.

BP

UK – Oil and gas
Proceeds from the British company literally doubled this year compared to last year, with sales of $ 23.8 billion ($ 11.2 billion sales last year).

State Grid

China – Energy
Company’s largest and most important Chinese power. In 2013 he bought SP AusNet, Australian energy company bought 60% of shares of SPI (Australia, in addition to winning an important bid for a project in Brazil.

Volkswagen

Germany – Automotive
Sales rose 5.6% and its production increased by 4.2%, with notable growth in Asia (Pacific) and North America.

Toyota Motor

Japan – Automotive
This year the iconic Japanese automaker raised its earnings to a significant 57% with a total of 10.1 million units (9.7 million last year).

Glencore

Switzerland – Raw materials
This year investment for expansion has been important, bought the Anglo-Swiss miner Xstrata.

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