General Electric, the largest conglomerate in the U.S., plans to focus on its industrial businesses. Earlier this year, GE announced it would sell its remaining stake in NBC Universal to Comcast.
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Headquartered in London, HSBC continues to focus on growth, especially in the European market. The bank recently sold its stake in China at $ 7.4 billion.
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Berkshire Hathaway's earnings rose 45 percent in 2012. The company announced in February that it would partner with 3G Capital billionaire Jorge Paulo Lemann to buy HJ Heinz.
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Despite a small decline in sales and profits, Chevron remains the second largest energy company in the U.S. In 2012, the company produced 2.6 million barrels per day, with 25 percent of production from U.S.
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The automaker World's Largest Consumer Durables is also the only one in the Top 25 of this year. Volkswagen sold 9.3 million vehicles in 2012, up 12.2 percent over the previous year.
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French oil and gas company Total fell 5 points, due to declining profits and market value.The company's business areas include exploration, refining, marketing and trading products.
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Proceeds from the British oil and gas giant fell by more than half. The company estimated at 42,000 million costs and fines related to the spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
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