Sunday, September 27, 2009

Berkshire Hathaway

Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRKA, NYSE: BRKB) is a conglomerate company (holding company) is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, United States, which has many subsidiary companies. Core business of Berkshire Hathaway is insurance, including property and casualty insurance, special insurance reinsuransi and non-standard. These companies provide annual returns average phenomenal, ie 25% + to its shareholders for the last 25 years, with large amounts of capital and minimal debt. Thousand of U.S. dollars invested in Berkshire in 1957 turned into $ 51,356,000 at the end of 2003.

Company controlled by Warren Buffett, one of the investors the most talked about and the second richest person in America according to Forbes magazine. Initially in Berkshire, Buffett is focused on long-term investments in companies already listed on the Stock Exchange, but now it has turned to buying whole companies. Today, Berkshire has a variety of retail businesses including candy, newspaper publishers, the company housewares retailer, selling encyclopedias, vacuum cleaner sales, manufacturing and distribution of uniforms, retail jewelry, and others.


Tesco (LSE: TSCO) is an international supermarket group, headquartered in the UK. Carrefour is the third largest retail group after Wal-Mart and Carrefour.

Tesco's first outlet opened in 1919, in Cheshunt group was founded by Jack Cohen. Until now, this is the first outlet Tesco outlets in the world's smallest.

Group Tesco hypermarket concept introduced for the first time, a large supermarket that combines department store ( "store"). They opened their first supermarket in 1947 in St Albans, near London, England.


Carrefour (Euronext: CA) is an international supermarket group, headquartered in France. Carrefour is the second largest retail group after Wal-Mart. [1]

The first Carrefour opened on June 3, 1957, in Annecy near a crossroads (carrefour in French). The group was founded by Marcel Fournier and Louis Deforey. Until now, this first outlet is Carrefour the world's smallest.

Group Carrefour hypermarket concept introduced for the first time, a large supermarket that combines department store ( "store"). They opened the first hypermarket in 1962 in Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois, near Paris, France.


Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.. (NYSE: WMT) is a United States company that operates a network of department stores. According to the Fortune Global 500 2008, Wal-Mart is the largest public company in the world based on revenue. Founded by Sam Walton in 1962, Wal-Mart began listing its shares on the New York Stock Exchange in 1972.

Wal-Mart operates in Argentina, Brazil, United Kingdom (under the name ASDA), Japan (Seiyu name), Canada, Mexico (by name Walmex), Puerto Rico, and the PRC. Wal-Mart has operated in Germany, but finally closed in 2006 due to a loss. In addition, Wal-Mart has opened stores in Indonesia (in Supermal Karawaci) in the mid-1990s but was closed due to less profitable.

Wal-Mart has been criticized by some community groups, female rights groups and trades unions, especially about the many products that disumber from abroad, the low level of employee health insurance enrollment, resistance to representatives of labor, as well as allegations of sex discrimination.