Wal-Mart Stores, the world’s largest retailer, has reclaimed the top spot from Exxon Mobil in the Fortune 500 ranking of biggest US companies. Chevron remains in third spot.
The firms surveyed suffered an average fall in sales in 2009 of 8.7 percent, largely due to the severe recession. The banks JPMorgan Chase & Co and Bank of America recovered strongly from the near-collapse of the U.S. financial system, and have clawed their way back into Fortune’s top 10 largest U.S. companies.
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