1978 Profits
1 General Motors 1 3,337.5
2 Intl. Business Machines 7 2,719.4
3 Exxon Mobil 2 2,423.0
4 Ford Motor 3 1,672.8
5 General Electric 9 1,088.2
6 ChevronTexaco 6 1,016.4
7 Amoco 12 1,011.6
8 Mobil 4 1,004.7
9 Texaco 5 930.8
10 Gulf Oil 8 752.0
11 Shell Oil 14 735.1
12 Atlantic Richfield 13 701.5
13 Eastman Kodak 29 643.4
14 Dow Chemical 25 555.7
15 ITT Industries 11 550.7
16 DuPont 16 545.1
17 ConocoPhillips 24 516.9
18 AT&T Technologies 18 490.1
19 Procter & Gamble 20 461.5
20 Caterpillar 32 445.1
21 Tenneco Automotive 19 426.9
22 Nabisco Group Holdings 41 423.5
23 3M 50 412.9
24 Xerox 39 406.6
25 Union Carbide 21 385.1
26 Conoco 17 380.6
27 Sunoco 23 361.9
28 Altria Group 52 334.9
29 Unocal 33 334.2
30 Coca-Cola 61 326.2
31 Getty Oil 72 309.1
32 Wyeth 93 306.2
33 Weyerhaeuser 74 303.9
34 Merck 147 290.8
35 Monsanto 44 275.6
36 Georgia-Pacific 56 262.0
37 Deere 60 255.6
38 CBS 26 250.8
39 Johnson & Johnson 81 247.3
40 RCA 30 247.0
41 International Paper 57 233.7
42 Eli Lilly 169 218.7
43 Occidental Petroleum 27 217.9
44 Unisys 123 215.2
45 Citgo Petroleum 47 210.2
46 Goodyear Tire & Rubber 22 205.8
47 Navistar International 28 203.7
48 Marathon Oil 48 197.0
49 United Technologies 34 196.0
50 Alcoa 70 195.2
51 Teledyne 112 194.1
52 Avon Products 149 191.5
53 Warner-Lambert 96 187.6
54 PepsiCo 63 187.3
55 Dresser Industries 97 185.1
56 Beatrice 36 182.6
57 CBS 91 182.0
58 BP America 66 181.1
59 Boeing 49 180.3
60 Amerada Hess 45 178.9
61 General Foods 40 177.3
62 Pfizer 126 175.4
63 Bristol-Myers Squibb 113 174.3
64 Schering-Plough 254 166.7
65 Ashland 42 164.3
66 Chrysler 10 163.2
67 Maxus Energy 166 162.1
68 Colgate-Palmolive 54 160.5
69 Fortune Brands 86 157.8
70 Sperry 75 156.8
71 TRW 76 154.2
72 Kraft 38 154.1
73 Gulf & Western Industries 59 150.3
74 Honeywell 82 145.1
75 Rockwell Automation 31 144.1
76 Continental Group 58 143.8
77 NCR 98 143.6
78 Ralston Purina 55 142.7
79 Emerson Electric 139 142.1
80 Sealed Air 51 140.5
81 American Cyanamid 101 139.4
82 Champion International 68 138.6
83 Kellogg 165 138.2
84 U.S. Steel 15 137.9
85 Textron 90 136.9
86 Honeywell Intl. 80 135.3
87 Bestfoods 88 132.9
88 Kimberly-Clark 146 130.7
89 Levi Strauss 160 129.8
90 Fruit of the Loom 133 129.4
91 Borden Chemical 67 126.9
92 McDonnell Douglas 64 123.0
93 Hewlett-Packard 184 121.5
94 FMC 103 120.6
95 ARMCO 62 119.8
96 Kerr-McGee 116 119.2
97 Bendix 73 118.1
98 Abbott Laboratories 200 117.8
99 Ingersoll-Rand 120 117.7
100 General Mills 83 117.0
 
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