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4. World Fuel Services
World Fuel Services
Fortune 500 rank: 137
2008 revenue: $18.5 billion
2008 total shareholder return: 28.3%

With airlines struggling - and economic activity overall slowing - the environment wasn't ideal for World Fuel Services, which provides fuel services at airports, seaports and other global locations. But smart acquisitions helped the company maintain healthy growth, and the stock shot 28% higher.

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