Largest European companies based on revenue 2018

In 2018, year the Dutch petroleum company Royal Dutch Shell had a revenue of over 396 billion US dollars, the largest of any European company. British Petroleum had the second largest revenue in this year at over 303.74 billion US dollars, followed by the German car manufacturer Volkswagen at 278 billion dollars and the Swiss trading and mining company Glencore at 219 billion.

VW employs over 664 thousand

Although it was third in terms of revenue, Volkswagen employed more people worldwide than any other European company, with over 664 thousand working for the German car giant. Volkswagen was followed by the British foodservice company, Compass Group in terms of employee numbers at 595 thousand, then by Deustche Post DHL, which employed around 499 thousand.

Walmart tops global rankings in 2018

When the scope is broadened to look at companies worldwide, Walmart had both the largest revenue of any company, (514 billion US dollars) and the highest number of employees at over 2.2 million people. The Chinese petroleum company Sinopec had the second highest revenue in 2018, at over 414 billion US dollars.

Largest European companies based on revenue in 2018

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Revenue figures include consolidated subsidiaries and reported revenues from discontinued operations, but exclude excise taxes. For banks, revenue is the sum of gross interest income and gross noninterest income. For insurance companies, revenue includes premium and annuity income, investment income, realized capital gains or losses, and other income, but excludes deposits.

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