Every year Fortune publish their annual report of the Fortune Global 500 of the world’s largest corporations. I am always fascinated by the revenues generated by these global behemoths; the number of people they employ and how things have changed from one year to the next. However, I have always felt that whilst the information is interesting it is not particularly insightful. What is the data actually telling us? Can we see anything slightly different? Can we identify trends or efficiencies?
Therefore, I decided to do a little bit of further research based upon the base data provided through Fortune Global 500. By adding “Sector” for each company suddenly there is significantly more that is available to us. Drilling down further into one of the sectors for example banks we can see distribution and relative size of the companies and countries.
The going further the distribution of banking revenues by country and perhaps look how this has varied from one year to the next.
Further analysis of China’s banking revenues have increased dramatically during 2012:
Perhaps now we would like to examine revenues in China a little bit more which reveals that China grew revenues in all sectors but with really strong growth in Banking, Mining, Oil & Gas and Utilities.
Finally looking at the number of employees for the top 5 countries we can see the distribution across sectors.
By applying analysis to the underlying data we can get real insight and understanding.
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