A.P. Moller-Maersk Stands Atop Danish Companies

A.P. Moller-Maersk Stands Atop Danish Companies

A.P. Moller-Maersk maintained its position at Denmark's largest company at the top of the list of Denmark's' 1,000 largest companies on the basis of revenue compiled annually by Danish business magazine Berlingske Nyhedsmagasin and released Thursday.

A.P. Moller-Maersk, which owns Maersk Line, the world's largest container line, and APM Terminals, the fourth-largest terminal-operator, landed at the top of the list by virtue of its 2009 revenue of $48.7 billion. Despite those figures, Maersk posted losses of more than $1 billion last year.

Cleaning company ISS placed a distant second on the list with sales of $12.9 billion and also posted significant losses for 2009, ending the year $298 million in the red.

The other companies making the top-10, in order, were: brewers The Carlsberg Group, Dansk Supermarked, pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk, Dong Energy, wind turbine manufacturer Vestas, dairy company Arla, meat packer Danish Crown, and supermarket chain operator Coop Danmark.
-- Contact Peter T. Leach at pleach@joc.com.