Fortune has made an annual ranking of the 500 largest American corporations. The leader of the list became a retail chain Wal-Mart, which within a few years, except in 2009, he held it in the first place. Apple was in fifth place.
The main criterion for determining the place of corporations in the list, is their revenue for the previous year. To get a rating, annual revenues should exceed $4 billion Two years ago, the iPhone maker was ranked sixth and is now entrenched in fifth. As noted in Fortune, “more or less normal state of Affairs” in the largest U.S. companies was perhaps their greatest achievement over the past few years.
Among the strengths of Apple experts call the power of the brand and strong sales of iPhone and Mac. In the list of “threats” to the California-based company includes the operating system Android and Chinese smartphone makers. Fortune notes the falling sales of the iPad and the high expectations of investors and consumers among the weaknesses of Apple.
Top 10 corporations in 2015, according to Fortune:
Supermarket chain Wal-Mart, the largest retailer in the world (revenue $485,6 billion) by the end of 2015 achieved a leading position in the rating Fortune 500. Second, like last year, took oil giant Exxon Mobil ($382,5 billion). Third and fourth places in the list were taken by Chevron ($203,7 billion) and Berkshire Hathaway ($194,6 billion). Apple rounded out the top five with $at 182.7 billion.
The full Fortune 500 list can be seen here.