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18. Avnet
Avnet
Fortune 500 rank: 144

The distributor of electronic components, storage devices, and embedded systems saw sales increase 14.5% to $18 billion while profits jumped 27% to $499.1 million.

The jump in revenue was largely due to acquisitions, and Avnet faced a double-digit fall in sales during the first quarter of fiscal 2009 as the global economic meltdown took hold.

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Last updated April 29 2009: 1:31 PM ET
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