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Where Countries Stand in the 1000

Japan and Taiwan boost their numbers as South Korea retreats
The beginnings of economic recovery in Asia, including Japan, and the yen's strengthening through much of 1999 propelled 16 more Japanese companies into The Asiaweek 1000. The other big gainer is Taiwan, which added 10 enterprises. Dropping out were 11 companies from South Korea, six from China, and three each from Australia and Hong Kong. But get this: despite Japan's increased representation, its share of total employees fell to 55% from 62% last year. That is partly due to restructuring layoffs.


Country
No. of companies
Sales
Net Profit   Assets   Equity   Employees  
$ billions
% share
$b.
% share
% share
$b.
$b.
% share
000s
% share
Japan
696
4,180.80
77.30%
25.1
27.60%
4,492.60
71.70%
1,147.90
62.00%
8,119
55.50%
Australia
70
231.8
4.30%
12.7
14.00%
249.7
4.00%
103.6
5.60%
977
6.70%
South Korea
59
359.8
6.70%
-7.4
399.9
6.40%
123.1
6.60%
548
3.70%
Taiwan
37
90.9
1.70%
7.8
8.60%
139.3
2.20%
78.1
4.20%
281
1.90%
Singapore
34
103.5
1.90%
5.9
6.50%
117.8
1.90%
37.6
2.00%
142
1.00%
China
25
191.2
3.50%
8.1
9.00%
415.8
6.60%
164.3
8.90%
3,196
21.90%
Hong Kong
18
59.4
1.10%
21.3
23.50%
169.6
2.70%
97.7
5.30%
441
3.00%
India
20
76.6
1.40%
4.6
5.10%
74.6
1.20%
33.7
1.80%
388
2.70%
Malaysia
11
36.3
0.70%
4
4.40%
77.3
1.20%
25.8
1.40%
139
1.00%
Thailand
10
23.6
0.40%
-0.5
36.8
0.60%
11.1
0.60%
141
1.00%
Philippines
7
12.4
0.20%
0.3
0.30%
37.2
0.60%
5.4
0.30%
35
0.20%
Indonesia
6
25.6
0.50%
-0.2
31.2
0.50%
11.7
0.60%
151
1.00%
New Zealand
6
16
0.30%
0.8
0.90%
25.9
0.40%
11.2
0.60%
54
0.40%
Pakistan
1
1.3
0.02%
0.1
0.10%
0.5
0.01%
0.2
0.01%
3
0.02%
Total
1,000
5,409.20
100%
90.7
100%
6,268.40
100%
1,851.50
100%
14,616
100%

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