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Table of Contents:VOL. 157, NO. 9 - May 05, 2008
Cover Story
2008 Fortune 500: Wal-Mart's No. 1 The retail giant is on top for the second year in a row, while AT&T moves up and GM slips. See who ranks where on the definitive list of America's largest companies. more
Growth engine
GE's infrastructure division, its fastest-growing unit, produces 900 locomotives a year in this Erie, Pa. factory. By Telis Demos 
Corporate America's pre-Castro claims.  more
Hairstyles of highly efficient CEOs. more
Corporate logo smackdown
Does the Starbucks mermaid beat the Golden Arches? By Scott Cendrowski 
So close, yet so far
For Comerica's chirpy Ralph Babb, being No. 501 isn't so bad. By Joel Stein 
The three-minute manager
My company is already big. How do I get it to grow intelligently? By Jia Lynn Yang 
Jim Collins on enduring greatness In an age of turmoil, corporate stars rise and fall. How many will survive? A bestselling management expert makes the case for well-founded hope. more
The Companies
Can anyone run Citigroup? We know this banking giant is too big to fail. But is it also too big to manage?  more
The hunt for oil at the top of the world
Can another Saudi Arabia be found under arctic ice? By Barney Gimbel 
The energy and commodities boom produced most of 2007's winners. more
Big Mac's local flavor
McDonald's lets countries invent their own buns, bags and business practices. By Peter Gumbel 
The People
The lesson's of Amazon's Jeff Bezos Nutshell: Keep customers happy. Don't sweat the Street so much. And innovating? Forget it. more
AT&T's new operator
His predecessor built the world's largest telco. Now CEO Randall Stephenson is trying to reinvent it - and make Ma Bell sexy again. By Paul Sloan 
These twentysomethings may not have a ton of experience, but you'd never know it from their job descriptions. more
Tort lawyer Dickie Scruggs mounted one of his trademark assaults on the insurer after Katrina. But his battle plan went wrong. more
The Products
Can this car save Ford? Ford is betting its future on a new strategy, starting with a small car built for the whole world.  more
The innovative 787 is the fastest-selling new airliner in history, but slow off the assembly line. As customers await the first delivery, Fortune got an inside look at how it's made. more
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