Industry: Personal Household Products

Fortune Rank: 151

Colgate-Palmolive Company manufactures and markets a wide variety of products in the U.S. and around the world in two distinct business segments: Oral, Personal and Household Care, and Pet Nutrition. For the 6 months ended 6/30/05, sales rose 10% to $5.58B. Net income applicable to Common fell 10% to $629.3M. Revenues reflect strong worldwide sales and unit volume growth. Net income was offset by lower gross margins and higher SG&A expenses.

Colgate-Palmolive Company (Colgate) is a consumer products company whose products are marketed in over 200 countries and territories throughout the world. The Company manages its business in two product segments: Oral, Personal and Home Care, and Pet Nutrition. Sales of Oral, Personal and Home Care products accounted for 35%, 23% and 28%, respectively, of total worldwide sales during the year ended December 31, 2004. Geographically, Oral Care is a significant part of the Company's business in Asia/Africa, comprising approximately 55% of sales in that region for 2004. Sales of Pet Nutrition products accounted for 14% of the Company's total worldwide sales in 2004. On December 18, 2003, the Company agreed to acquire GABA Holding AG, a privately owned European oral care company. The transaction was completed in June 2004.


Colgate-Palmolive is a Fortune 500 company. In 2010 Colgate-Palmolive was ranked number 151 on the Fortune 500 list, making it the 151st largest company in the United States when judged by revenue.

Colgate-Palmolive achieved revenue of $15,327.00 million in 2010 and earned a profit of $2,291.00 million.

Colgate-Palmolive' rank improves

The company ranking improved in 2010, moving up the Fortune 500 list to 151st compared to 166th in 2009. This was based on its 2009 revenue of $15,330 million (a change of 0 million compared to 2010) and profits of $1,957 million (a change of $1 million compared to 2009).

Another point of view

To many investors, profits are more important than the revenue a company earns. If the Fortune 500 was ranked by profits instead of revenue then Colgate-Palmolive would be ranked 61st rather than 151st due to its profits of $2,291 in 2010.

Colgate-Palmolive Revenue* Profit* Fortune Ranking

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