Based on the financial data of 20003, Fortune issued the 2004 top 500 global companies on July 12, 2004. Sinochem was named to the list for the 15th year, ranking 270. It ranked the 4th among trading companies.
This year 15 Chinese companies are selected into the list, 4 more compared with last year. The four new comers include State Grid, BaoSteel, Hutchison Whampoa Limited and SAIC.
Wal- Mart tops the list for a third year. The top 10 companies are based in the US, UK, Germany, Japan and France.
The total revenue of the top 500 global companies number US$1.49 billion, higher than the US$1.41 billion peak in 2000.