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World's biggest corporate earnings of all time

Last updated on: June 4, 2012 14:00 IST

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While many companies struggle to break even, there are some that are reporting record-breaking profits.

Let's take a look at some of the largest corporate earnings of all time in the world.

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ExxonMobil

Industry: Oil and gas

Country: The United States

Earnings (2011): $41.06 billion

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Nestle

Industry: Food processing

Country: Switzerland

Earnings (2010): $37.88 billion

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Royal Dutch Shell

Industry: Oil and gas

Country: The Netherlands/UK

Earnings (2010): $20.47 billion

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Ford Motor Company

Industry: Automotive

Country: The United States

Earnings (1998): $22.07 billion

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Citigroup

Industry: Banking financial services

Country: The United States

Earnings (2005): $24.59 billion

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BP

Industry: Oil and gas and alternative fuels

Country: The United Kingdom

Earnings (2008): $21.67 billion

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Apple

Industry: Consumer electronics

Country: The United States

Earnings (2011): $25.92 billion

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Chevron

Industry: Oil and gas mining

Country: The United States

Earnings (2008): $23.93 billion

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United Airlines

Industry: Airline

Country: The United States

Earnings (2006): $22.88 billion

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Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

Industry: Banking

Country: China

Earnings (2010): $24.40 billion

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General Electric

Industry: Conglomerate

Country: The United States

Earnings (2006): $20.74 billion

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Bank of America

Industry: Banking and financial services

Country: The United States

Earnings (2006): $21.13 billion

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Samsung

Industry: Conglomerate

Country: South Korea

Earnings (2010): $21.2 billion

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Petrochina

Industry: Oil and gas and petrochemicals

Country: China

Earnings (2010): $21.16 billion

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Gazprom

Industry: Oil and gas

Country: Russia

Earnings (2009): $20.61 billion


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