The Fortune 500

In the annual ranking of America's biggest companies, Wal-Mart maintains its lead with nearly half a trillion dollars in sales, while a tech giant moves into the top five.

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Jun 2, 2014 9:51AM
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it's awesome how much money you can make when the tax payer feeds your employees.


Jun 2, 2014 9:48AM
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Wal China Mart has made their fortune  by screwing the American manufactures and employees by closing plants and shipping jobs to Communist China. So now the Chinese worker gets screwed by Wal China Mart as they pay him $1.67 per hour.

We Americans forget that we have fought the Chinese twice vicariously in the last sixty years. Vietnam and the Korean conflict. Look up Chosin reservoir.

We fear not the US Government but corporate America. Wallstreets lust of unbridled profits and avarice of corporate America is decimating this country.

Jun 2, 2014 9:47AM
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Not only does Walmart pay their employees crap, they NEVER HAVE ENOUGH WORKING.  That alone is why I'd rather pay .05% more at Target.  Target always has extra people at the registers and if it get crowded they actually page employees to come help.

I saw people shimming under the dressing room doors at Walmart because they couldn't find anyone to unlock them.  Walmart just blows.

Jun 2, 2014 9:45AM
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Ah, poor Walmart the FREE food stamp money ended.  SCUMBAG company.  When your business model counts on free Government food stamp money then your business plan sucks.
Jun 2, 2014 9:53AM
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Gee, its sure is a shame that Walmarts profit margins are so tight that they cant afford to pay employees enough to not need welfare and food stamps to survive. I guess if they slip from #1 to #2 they will have to cut more hours to reduce expenses. Don't you just love corporate America.
Jun 2, 2014 9:46AM
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Thought the American gov is the largest corporation.
Jun 2, 2014 10:13AM
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walmart sucks!! They treat their employees like dirt, don't pay the employees what they are worth, and then expect them to do the work of 2 people. I hope you choke on your 473 billion.


Jun 2, 2014 9:52AM
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Walmart #1 in the Fortune 500 and #1 WORST company to work for, #1 WORST customer service, so I doubt it will stay #1 in the Fortune 500 list for long....  
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The saddest most truest fact known is that the overbearing greed of a few at the top has totally destroyed this once great powerhouse for the many. The only ones that will deny that of course will be the few at the top along with their many many boot lickers.
Jun 2, 2014 9:33AM
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Food, energy and those which consume energy = all inelastic demand companies.  Of course they are the top 10!
Jun 2, 2014 9:58AM
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uh dweeb 0bozobots?      if you don't like walmarts wages don't work there, if you don't like their products don't buy them.
Jun 2, 2014 10:11AM
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Wal-Mart's business model is not for everyone. The sales price for many items suits people that cannot shop elsewhere. They buy cheap, Wal-Mart sells cheap, and that's pretty much what made them successful. Buyers with more disposable income will look at perhaps buying the same product in larger quantities at COSTCO, where employees are paid better wages. Both companies selling prices are based on cost of goods and volumes. Its the poor folks keep them in business, and yes they should improve the employee work ethic and the compensation. 
Jun 2, 2014 10:31AM
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four gas companies in the top ten, making billions, and yet they continue to jack the gas price around to what ever they want.  That's nice when they all of a sudden have a "reason" to raise gas prices right when summer vacation time comes.  They do it EVERY year and think we don't notice. They sit their fat asses behind their desks and say " is this great or what, raise it fifty cents and lower it ten cents later and tell these idiots how great we are by lowering gas prices!!!  Just my opinion but they do need lots of money to pay off the media not to make a big deal about it.  Where the hell is sixty minutes?? They are collecting a healthy pay check not to look into this crime.  Does anybody remember what happened to Bill Gates when he had his product installed in all computers?  Our government stopped him AND fined him!!  Sorry Bill but you have to open that wallet up and put out some payoff money to sell your product.  Our government won't be happy until there is no middle class, only poor and rich.  I think I'll look to buy some property in Mexico.....
Jun 2, 2014 9:59AM
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3 of the  top  5  are  oil . Companys They only  make 200 billion  each and gas  keeps going up. It not  demand  that is  keeping oil up is the Oil  Companys so they can make all the money .


Jun 2, 2014 9:42AM
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if  these were high top ranking then why cant some companys get help as employies like they should some need more help in there stores.

 

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This is what capitalism has to offer the working class—mass poverty, accompanied by ever more bloody wars and increasing political repression.

The working class can halt this attack and defend its basic social rights—to a job, a decent wage, nutrition, education, health care, pensions, access to culture—only by mobilizing its vast social power in a political struggle against both parties of Wall Street and the ruling class whose interests they slavishly defend.

Too many Americans are unaware of the extreme disparities that have been caused by the unregulated profit incentive of capitalism. Our winner-take-all system is flailing away at once-healthy parts of society, leaving them like withered limbs on a trembling body, even as the relative few who benefit promote the illusion of opportunity and prosperity for all. Concerned citizens armed with facts are not fooled. Instead, the more they learn the angrier they get. And as in revolutions of the past, discontent leads to change


Jun 2, 2014 11:03AM
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A lot of these comments seem quite dull-witted... Nobody is forced to work at Wal-Mart, its a conscious decision, and if you don't like the pay or the way the company treats their employees then work somewhere else!
Jun 2, 2014 9:57AM
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ok what a shame walmart  is #1 and they gave a profit sharing TO EMPLOYS THAT USED TO BE 1.000  IS NOT 88.00 DOLLARS of course the are big they have drop to about 10 cashiers total  and they are over worked and no people in dept. they total a few people  like dept managers. and z"s  who act  like snitches  AND EVERY ONE IS UNHAPPY  .. walmart is so going down hill...
Jun 2, 2014 10:12AM
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Every one of these pirate, freebooter, multi-national corporations have been the reason the USA economy has been failing to remain number one in the world.  Corporations were first invented by the British aristocracy and industrialists to indemnify themselves, their fortunes and lands from any legal actions for the wrongdoing they have committed against their own people and other commonwealth peoples and their nations.   They are traitors to this nation and it's people.  They pay paltry sums in taxes compared to their profits and still seek protection under our laws, legal institutions and the US military.  During all this countries wars, supposed US corporations sold goods, technology, fuel, chemicals to the very nations warring against us!  Is this patriotic?  They are despicable in every sense of the word and could care less about this nation and its security.  This is why these sinister entities using all their devious, subversive, legal machinations have forced globalization upon us, to protect their profits not this country. 
Jun 2, 2014 10:24AM
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genesis you are a complete nut case...  attacking wage earners?  what a joke, I'll remember that everytime a pay 75 cents per gallon in gas tax, or sales tax on food or hundreds of other taxes
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