Lever Brothers
1981 rank: 295
FORTUNE 500 appearances:
Revenues 1,036.6 N.A. 295 297
Profits -16.9 N.A. 479 484
Assets 446.1 ó 387 381
Stockholders' Equity 221.0 ó 385 350
Employees* 6,400 ó 429 ó
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