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The largest companies in Europe - 4 Germans among the top 10

German companies continue to advance in Europe. This is shown by a look at the top 10 largest companies in Europe.

While only two German companies were among the top 10 largest companies in Europe in 2010, this number has now risen to 4. Germany continues to be strong, especially in the automotive industry, which is confirmed by the top positions of Volkswagen (VW) and Daimler. These are the 10 largest companies in Europe by turnover.

10. Allianz, sales: US $ 123 billion

Allianz, founded in 1890, is one of the largest insurance groups in the world. Surprising: Despite low interest rates, Allianz has recently continued to grow in the life insurance business. Investors should be particularly pleased with the recently launched share buyback program of up to € 3 billion.

9. AXA, revenue: $ 129.2 billion

With AXA, another insurance group made it into the top 10 largest companies in Europe. AXA recently scored points with private health insurance as well as property and casualty insurance. The French insurance group recently had a hard time with private customers.

8. E.On, revenue: $ 129.3 billion

Germany's largest energy company E.On recently made negative headlines with losses in the billions. The business with coal and gas power plants was most recently outsourced to the new company Uniper. E.On itself wants to focus on innovative and clean technologies in the future and thus create the turnaround.

7. Total S.A., sales: $ 143 billion

The French oil company Total was originally founded in 1924. There wasn't much to be gained for shareholders in recent years, as Total suffered from the drop in oil prices. Total sales have been steadily declining since 2011 - a trend change does not seem to be in sight for the time being.

6. Exor Group, sales: $ 153 billion

The Exor Group is an investment company controlled by the Italian Agnelli family. Exor controls the two automakers FIAT and Ferrari, as well as CNH Industrial. The company recently relocated its headquarters to the Netherlands.

5. Daimler, sales: $ 166 billion

The Stuttgart car manufacturer Daimler was able to break the sales mark of 2 million vehicles sold in its core brand Mercedes-Benz in 2016. For Daimler boss Dieter Zetsche, 2016 was the most successful year in the company's history. Daimler wants to attack the electric car market with new concepts such as the Mercedes EQ.

4. Glencore, sales: US $ 177 billion

Glencore, based in Switzerland (Baar, Canton Zug), is the largest commodity trader in the world. Through its subsidiary McArthur River Mining (MRM), Glencor operates one of the largest zinc mines (McArthur River Mine) in the world. The company produces and markets metals, minerals, energy products and also agricultural products. With the recovery in commodity prices, the Glencore share price also recovered last year, but over a five-year period the share price has fallen by more than 20%.

3. BP plc, sales: $ 226 billion

London-based BP plc is one of the largest oil companies in the world. However, the oil company has suffered from falling oil prices in recent years. Over a five-year period, BP shares in New York lost a quarter of their value. A small consolation for investors is the stable dividend of 60 cents per ADR share.

2. Volkswagen (VW), sales: $ 237 billion

In 2016, Volkswagen (VW) again sold around 10.3 million cars worldwide and was able to regain the top position in Toyota's global car market (10.18 million cars sold). However, VW is still clearly lagging behind the Japanese in terms of profit margins, and this should improve in the next few years. Measured in terms of turnover, it was ranked second among the top 10 largest companies in Europe.

1. Royal Dutch Shell, sales: US $ 272 billion

In contrast, the oil multinational Royal Dutch Shell ranks first among the largest companies in Europe. The Netherlands-based Royal Dutch Shell has suffered from the significantly lower oil price in recent years, whereupon the company recently withdrew from the Canadian oil sands business.

The Royal Dutch Shell share price plummeted by more than 30% in the last 3 years, the dividend yield of 7.3% for the ADR shares listed in New York is at least a consolation for the troubled shareholders. Shell sees a great future in the market for liquefied natural gas (LNG), where the company rose to become one of the world's largest providers through the takeover of BG Group.

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