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3. Hewlett-Packard
Fortune 500 rank: 9

Even in an anemic economy, the turnaround engineered by CEO Mark Hurd continued to produce healthy results as HP's profits rose 14.7% to $8.3 billion while sales jumped 13.5% to $118.4 billion.

The 2008 acquisition of Electronic Data Systems helped boost the numbers, but most of the computing and printing company's divisions turned in strong performances.

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