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Rank: 8
Profits ($millions): $18,041.70
Change from 2006: 22.2%
Ticker: TOT

Total is among the world's top five oil and gas producers, with production of 2.39 million barrels of oil per day and profits of $18 billion in 2007. Record gas prices were largely responsible for the 22% jump in its earnings last year.

France's state-controlled oil producer plans a significant increase in oil and gas production in 2008, but faces severe challenges in developing very deep fields both offshore and onshore.

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