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Numbers refer to the month the fiscal year ended:
1 = January
2 = February
3 = March
4 = April
5 = May
6 = June
7 = July
8 = August
9 = September
10= October
11= November
12= December

L = publicly listed companies

U = unlisted companies

S = state-controlled companies

a Unconsolidated results reported by these Japan companies.

b Hyundai Motor won the international bidding for Kia Motors (no. 167) and its affiliate Asia Motors, beating out U.S. giant Ford, Samsung and Daewoo.

c SK Corp. was formerly Yukong Ltd., renamed in October 1997.

d Gross profits reported by these China companies.

e SK Global Co. was formerly Sunkyong Ltd., renamed in January 1998.

f SK Energy Sales Co. was formerly Hungkuk Sangsa Ltd., renamed in October 1997. This company was also unified with six other agents of SK Corp.

g SK Energy Asia was formerly Yukong International (S) Pte. Ltd., renamed in October 1997.

h Mitsui Chemicals' results are not comparable with previous results.

I Suzuken merged with Akiyama Inc. in April 1998.

j Chichibu Onoda Cement Corp. merged with Nihon Cement Co. Ltd. N October 1998. The market capitalization reflects both companies' market values on October 23, 1998.

k Kuraya Corp. changed its year-end from September to March. Fiscal 1996 results are for the year to September 1996.

l Keio Electric Railway Co. Ltd. Was formerly Keio Teito Electric Railway Co. Ltd., renamed in July 1998.

m Okura & Co. filed for bankruptcy in August 1998.

n China Steel Corp. changed its year-end from June to December in January 1998.

o TAB Ltd. was formerly TAB of New South Wales. It was privatized in June 1998 and the tax structure was changed in October 1997.

p Orica was formerly ICI Australia Ltd., renamed in February 1998.

q Brother Industries Ltd. changed its year-end from November to March. Fiscal 1996 results are for the year to November 1996.

r Sichuan Changhong Electronic's turnover includes sales taxes.

s STMicroelectronics Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. was formerly SGS Thomson Microelectronics Asia Pacific (Pte) Ltd., renamed in May 1998.

t Mitsumi Electric Co. Ltd. results are for 14 months.

u Hindustan Lever Ltd. merged with Brooks Bond Lipton India Ltd. in January 1996 and with Pond's India Ltd. in January 1998.

v JSR Co. Ltd. was formerly Japan Synthetic Rubber Co. Ltd, renamed in December 1997.

w Unisia Jecs Corp.'s fiscal 1997 results are for 13 months.

x Yamatake Corp. was formerly Yamatake-Honeywell Co. Ltd., renamed in July 1998.

y Katokichi Co. Ltd. Changed its year-end from November to March. Fiscal 1996 results are for the year to November 1996.

z Maxtor Peripherals' fiscal 1996 sales and net profit results are annualized.

aa Okura Pulp & Paper Co. Ltd.'s fiscal 1996 results are for the year to December 1996.

ab Nippon Shokubai Co., Ltd. changed its year-end from November to March. Fiscal 1996 results are for the year to November 1996.

ac Unconsolidated results for Tae Kwang Industrial Co. Ltd.

ad Pre-tax profits were reported by these China companies.

ae Sembawang Corp. merged with Singapore Technologies Industrial Corp. in September 1998. The market capitalization reflects both companies' market values on October 23, 1998.

af STMicroelectronics Pte. Ltd. was formerly SGS Thomson Microelectronics Pte. Ltd., renamed in May 1998.

ag Hoechst Marion Roussel Ltd. was formed by the merger of Nippon Hoechst Marion Roussel Ltd., Roussel Morishita Co Ltd., Hoechst Pharmaceuticals & Chemicals K.K., and Nippon Uclaf Co. Ltd. in January 1998.



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