Ecolab Inc.

Industry: Personal Household Products

Fortune Rank: 365

For the nine months ended 30 September 2005, Ecolab Inc.'s sales for the period increased 9% to $3.39B. Net income for the period increased 11% to $265M. Revenues reflect higher sales in Ecolab's United States Cleaning & Sanitizing operations, led by Institutional, Food & Beverage and Kay. Earnings also reflect an increase in gross profit margins and the absence of $4.9M in special charges.

Ecolab Inc. develops and markets products and services for the hospitality, foodservice, institutional and industrial markets. The Company provides cleaning, sanitizing, pest elimination, maintenance and repair products, systems and services primarily to hotels and restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, quick-service (fast-food and other convenience store) units, grocery stores, commercial and institutional laundries, light industry, dairy plants and farms, food and beverage processors, pharmaceutical and cosmetics facilities and the vehicle wash industry. The Company operates in three segments: United States Cleaning and Sanitizing Segment, United States Other Services Segment and International Segment.

Ecolab Inc.

Ecolab Inc. is a Fortune 500 company. In 2010 Ecolab Inc. was ranked number 365 on the Fortune 500 list, making it the 365th largest company in the United States when judged by revenue.

Ecolab Inc. achieved revenue of $5,900.60 million in 2010 and earned a profit of $417.30 million.

Ecolab Inc.' rank improves

The company ranking improved in 2010, moving up the Fortune 500 list to 365th compared to 403rd in 2009. This was based on its 2009 revenue of $6,138 million (a change of -1 million compared to 2010) and profits of $448 million (a change of $-31 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 Ecolab Inc. would be ranked 240th rather than 365th due to its profits of $417 in 2010.

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