Wal-Mart Stores Inc. remains atop the Fortune 500 list with earnings that have jumped over the last year by more than 14 percent to $16.4 billion. The world’s largest retailer held onto the top spot for the second year in a row thanks to gains at its international stores. Exxon Mobil ($35.6 bn) and Chevron ($196 bn) occupied second and third place in the list, respectively.
Fortune Magazine compiled its list based on revenue for 2010. Companies that made the Fortune 500 this year posted the third-largest combined profit gain in the list’s history.
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