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Hispanic Business 500: Healthy Performance

June 9, 2006

Joel Russell

HB500

In a year when the U.S. economy grew a healthy 3.5 percent, the revenues of the Hispanic Business 500® increased well over four times as fast. The largest Hispanic companies´ 15.2 percent revenue growth for 2005 represents the best performance for the 500 since 1996. Cumulative revenues for the directory now total $34.82 billion (see chart, "Total Revenues of the HB 500").

Looking at the 500 more closely reveals a trend apparent last year namely that the largest companies on the directory account for the lion's share of the growth. A striking example of this occurs with the first company on the list. Top-ranked Related Group of Florida increased its revenues by $1.12 billion, a 52.8 percent gain over the previous year. It marks the first time a company on the 500 has grown by more than $1 billion in a single year. A separate article in this issue ("Another Year Another Billion") covers Related Group´s remarkable achievement.

TOTAL REVENUES OF THE HB500
GREW 15.2 PERCENT, TO $34.87 BILLION IN 2005, THE LARGEST PERCENTAGE INCREASE SINCE 1996, WHEN REVENUES TOTALED JUST $16.28 BILLION.
YEAR REVENUES
($ BILLION)
PERCENT
CHANGE
2005 $34.87 15.2%
2004 $30.26 15.1%
2003 $26.30 13.9%
2002 $23.10 -1.7%
2001 $23.49 10.9%
2000 $21.18 12.8%
1999 $18.78 7.7%
1998 $17.44 2.0%
1997 $17.09 5.0%
1996 $16.28 16.3%
1995 $14.00 15.1%
1994 $12.16 10.9%
Dates indicate year revenues were earned, based on data published in Hispanic Business the following June. Source: HispanTelligence® ©2006 Hispanic Business Inc. Reprinting, copying, or transmitting requires permission.

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