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S&P 500 Global Sales Get insight into where large-cap American companies are selling their goods and services.
BY Howard Silverblatt

YEAR IN REVIEW


• In 2015, the percentage of S&P 500 sales from foreign countries decreased, compared with 2014 when they ticked up after five years of stagnation. The overall rate for 2015 was 44.3%, down from 47.8% in 2014 and up from the rate of 46% seen in each of the prior five years (2009-2013). S&P 500 foreign sales represent products and services produced and sold outside of the U.S.


• European sales continued to increase in 2015, with Europe becoming the dominant region and accounting for 7.79% of all S&P 500 sales, up from the prior year’s 7.46%, which was up from 2013’s 6.80% rate. After declining four years in a row, sales in the U.K. increased to 1.86% from 0.89% in 2014, 1.12% in 2013, 1.73% in 2012, and 2.39% in 2011.


• Asian sales reversed their course and decreased, representing 6.77% of S&P 500 sales, down from 7.80% in 2014 and 7.71% in 2013. Canadian sales decreased to 1.17% from the prior year’s rate of 3.51%, as declines were seen in oil and commodity prices, and demand for related services and equipment fell.


• African declared sales decreased to 3.16% from the 4.09% calculated for 2014 and 3.55% for 2013.



Energy took the title of leader in exposure to foreign sales, as its domestic sales fell. The sector reported 57.88% of its sales as foreign, up from 2014’s 56.23%. Information technology’s exposure declined to 57.78% (a tick below energy’s) from its rate of 59.39% in 2014. In terms of its sector-level representation of total sales, however, information technology represented 21.93% of all foreign sales, up from 18.34% in 2014, as energy represented 15.46%, down from 21.54% in 2014.

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