How corporate bedfellows compare: Big companies’ revenue and profit

Amazon is a retailing juggernaut, but its revenues are still a fraction of those of Walmart, whose tills ring up about $900,000 a minute. The bricks-and-mortar colossus turns in a modest profit margin, whereas Amazon is still being run on a basis of growth now, profits later. Comparing the revenues and net profits of companies commonly regarded as peers shows their relative commercial power.

Google is often chided for its dominance, though Apple is far larger (and their profit margins are similar). Coca-Cola’s sales are less than PepsiCo’s but its margins are almost twice those of its arch-rival. In energy and aerospace, the sales of American and European giants are roughly similar yet the…

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