by Tom Hinton
In reviewing the results of the Fortune 500 rankings and profit numbers from the second half of 2006, it might surprise you that many of the most profitable companies are not household names. In fact, none of the top ten companies that posted the biggest percentage increases in profits from 2005 to 2006 are
While the ten most profitable companies in 2006 remain household names (ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell, BP, Citigroup, Bank of America, General Electric, Gazprom, Pfizer, and Chevron), those rankings are certain to shift with the downturn in the US economy. Future financial fortunes are shifting from the
Here are five companies worth examining based on their profitability, superior customer service, strong global positions, and capable leadership.
At the top of the leader board for most profitable companies in 2006 is Compass Group, a British-based company that is considered the market leader in providing food and a range of selected support services to customers in the workplace. Compass Group ranked Number One in “biggest increase in profits during the second half of 2006 with a whopping percentage increase of over 27,000%. That’s right! Mergers and acquisitions certainly helped Compass Group’s bottom line in 2006.
Edeka Zentrale, which ranked Number Two for the biggest increase in profits for the second half of 2006, is
Alcan was the third most profitable company during the second half of 2006. Alcan has evolved into one of the globe’s leading suppliers of bauxite, alumina and aluminum, and a top-ranked provider of engineered and packaging materials, delivering increased productivity, competitiveness and profitability to customers around the world.
Alcan has some 68,000 employees, including its joint ventures, in 61 countries and regions. It’s based in
China Life Insurance Company captured the fourth spot with 2006 profit gains of 595% as compared to its 2005 performance. China Life provides annuity products and life insurance to individuals and groups in
In the number five spot is Royal Ahold based in
While the United States will spend most of this year in a recession as a result of its mismanaged war spending and sagging consumer confidence, there are several financial opportunities on the horizon as more foreign companies emerge as profit leaders in 2008.
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