The number of US firms among the Fortune 500 2008 list of top global companies slipped to the lowest level in over a decade while Chinese, Indian and Mexican firms gained, the magazine reported Wednesday on 9 Jul 2008 .

The business publication said that US-based Wal-Mart Stores  沃尔玛 remained at the top of the list of the world’s biggest companies by revenue at some 378 billion dollars.

But the number of US firms in the top 500 fell to 153, the lowest in over a decade.

Number two on the list was US oil giant ExxonMobil  埃克森美孚 with 372 billion dollars in revenue, followed by Royal Dutch Shell  荷兰皇家壳牌 (355 billion); British-based BP 英国石油 (291 billion); Japan’s Toyota Motor  丰田汽车 (230 billion); US oil firm Chevron 雪佛龙 (210 billion); Dutch bank ING Group (201 billion); French-based oil giant Total (187 billion); US automaker General Motors 通用汽车 (182 billion); and US oil firm ConocoPhillips (178 billion).

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The US still had the most companies on the list, but a falling dollar became an advantage to non-US based companies, Fortune said. Japan had 64 firms and France had 39 to edge out Germany with 37 and Britain’s 34.

But China had an unprecedented total of 29 companies on the list — as many as Italy, Spain, and Australia combined. The top Chinese firm was Sinopec 中国石化 with 159 billion dollars in revenues.

Rankings

Companies in Chinese

Pinyin

English

1

沃尔玛

wò ěr mǎ

Wal-Mart Stores

2

埃克森美孚

āikèsēn měifú

Exxon Mobil

3

皇家壳牌

huángjiā qiàopái

Royal Dutch Shell

4

英国石油

yīngguó shíyóu

BP

5

丰田汽车

fēngtián qìchē

Toyota Motor

6

雪佛龙

xuě fó lóng

Chevron

7

ING集团

ING jítuán

ING Group

8

道达尔能源

dàodáěr néngyuán

Total

9

通用汽车

tōngyòng qìchē

General Motors

10

康菲石油

kāngfēi shíyóu

ConocoPhillips

11

戴姆勒

dài mǔ lè

Daimler

12

通用电气

tōngyòng diànqì

General Electric

13

福特汽车

fútè qìchē

Ford Motor

14

富通银行

fùtōng yínháng

Fortis

15

安盛集团

ānshèng jítuán

AXA

16

中国石化

zhōngguó shíhuà

Sinopec

17

花旗集团

huāqí jítuán

Citigroup

18

大众汽车

dàzhòng qìchē

Volkswagen

19

德克夏银行

dékèxià yínháng

Dexia Group

20

汇丰集团

huìfēng jítuán

HSBC Holdings

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