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August 2, 2009 / Shamal Karunarathne

Trends in Industries Worldwide

I was finding for a good method to get a better idea of industry trends in worldwide. And I think I’ve found a pretty decent way. The method is to analyze the fortune 500 companies over a few years of duration.

Let’s take some industries of interest and a company (or two) related.

  • Telecommunication Electronics – Motorola
  • Telecommunication Services – AT&T
  • Computer software – Microsoft
  • Internet software – Google
  • Internet software – Yahoo

And now, let’s look at the fortune 500 rankings over the past decade for the above companies.


The graph clearly shows the internet software companies are reaching the top at rocket speed. Google and Yahoo entered the fortune 500 range in 2006 and showing an amazing progress over the 5 years.

Does this mean internet software will take over the market in 3 years? (See the trend for yourself by drawing an exponential trend line for Google).

Statistical data is from:

The graph is drawn using: Microsft Office 2007 Excel


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