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1999

With interest rates at rock bottom and jobs galore, it was a great time to be a consumer. Or, a company selling to them. Gap Inc. jumped to No. 3, Home Depot Inc. ranked 13th, and credit-card issuer Capital One Financial Corp. jumped onto the list at No. 15. But it wasn't enough that consumer spending was on a tear. Management of the BW 50 companies got there by sweating the details, even in boom times.
1999 1998 1997

1998's Business Week 50 For more information on a company, click on its name.

1999 RANK 1998 RANK COMPANY NAME
1 1 MICROSOFT
2 2 DELL COMPUTER
3 17 GAP
4 102ORACLE
5 8EMC
6 COMPUWARE
7 AMERICA ONLINE
8 10MORGAN STANLEY
9 215SBC COMMUNICATIONS
10 11SCHERING-PLOUGH
11 7TELLABS
12 60WARNER-LAMBERT
13 44HOME DEPOT
14 3CISCO SYSTEMS
15 CAPITAL ONE FINANCIAL
16 15MERCK
17 55AIRTOUCH COMMUNICATIONS
18 32 CHARLES SCHWAB
19 21 TJX
20 89 AMERITECH
21 170 MARSH & McLENNAN
22 BMC SOFTWARE
23 20 SUN MICROSYSTEMS
24 GATEWAY 2000
25 311ELI LILLY

1999 RANK 1998 RANK COMPANY NAME
26 100FORD MOTOR
27 6MBNA
28 81BELLSOUTH
29 155NAVISTAR INTERNATIONAL
30 30OMNICOM GROUP
31 SAFEWAY
32 SOLECTRON
33 CARNIVAL
34 PAYCHEX
35 109WAL-MART STORES
36 52INTERPUBLIC GROUP
37 117LOWE'S
38 136MAYTAG
39 45FREDDIE MAC
40 4INTEL
41 71BB&T
42 22BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB
43 53DAYTON HUDSON
44 41GENERAL ELECTRIC
45 227AMGEN
46 AES
47 KOHL'S
48 86WASHINGTON MUTUAL
49 132BELL ATLANTIC
50 35STATE STREET
DATA: STANDARD & POOR'S COMPUSTAT, BLOOMBERG
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