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HP and Verizon top the list of worldwide IT companies in Business Week

Businessweek online posted a list of the top Info Tech 100 which represents the Top 100 performers in the IT sector worldwide, based on financial data from Standard and Poor's.

The table produced can be sorted and displayed interactively, which provides the reader with a comprehensive overview of the sector. This gives rise to a few surprises.

For example, Dell, the biggest computer manufacturer ranks last as far as Shareholders' return is concerned with an 'impressive' -36.43, more than twice the next worse performer, Yahoo. The number one in this category is High Tech Computer, a well known manufacturer of mobile and smart phones.

It comes as no surprises that Microsoft brings in the most money with profits of $13.5 bln. USA has 7 of the world's biggest IT computers with HP being the largest computers and peripherals and Verizon Communications the biggest telecommunications company.

There's also a good showdown by emerging countries like Turkey, Russia, India and Indonesia. China hasn't yet got a top IT 100 company although one has to wonder where Foxconn and Asus are.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.