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THE WORLD´S LARGEST TNCs

UNCTAD/PRESS/PR/2005/039
28 September 2005

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Transnational Corporations (TNCs) are mainly based in developed countries, and are increasingly being established in developing countries as well. The World Investment Report 2005: Transnational Corporations and the Internationalization of R&D (1) includes the list of the world´s top 100 TNCs and the list of the top 50 TNCs from developing economies. Table 1 and 2 below show the top 25 TNCs from both lists.

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ANNEX

Tables and figures

Table 1: The world´s top 25 non-financial TNCs, ranked by foreign assets, 2003 (Millions of dollars and number of employees)

Table 1: The world´s top 25 non-financial TNCs, ranked by foreign assets, 2003

Table 2: The top 25 non-financial TNCs from developing economies, ranked by foreign assets, 2003 (Millions of dollars, number of employees)

Table 2: The top 25 non-financial TNCs from developing economies, ranked by foreign assets, 2003




Endnotes

1. The World Investment Report 2005: Transnational Corporations and the Internationalization of R&D (WIR05) (Sales No. E.05.II.D.10, ISBN 92-1-112667-3) may be obtained from United Nations sales offices at the addresses below, or from United Nations sales agents in many countries. Price: US$ 75.00; for residents of developing countries, US$ 30.00. These prices include both the book and the CD-ROM. Customers who wish to buy the book or the CD-ROM separately or to obtain quotations for large quantities should contact the sales offices. Please send orders or enquiries for Europe, Africa and West Asia to United Nations Publication/Sales Section, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland, fax: +41 22 917 0027, e-mail: unpubli@un.org ; and for the Americas and East Asia, to United Nations Publications, Two UN Plaza, DC2-853, New York, NY 10017, USA, tel: +1 212 963 8302 or +1 800 253 9646, fax: +1 212 963 3489, e-mail: publications@un.org . Internet: http://www.un.org/publications





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