In 2009, Google and Apple garnered many accolades as two of the preeminent companies in the world, both in terms of sales and market value. Forbes ranked them in the top 200 global companies. Although their rankings in 2009 pale in comparison to their recent rankings, the meteoric rise of both companies seemed predictable when taking a glance at their earnings per share growth percentage and revenue growth percentage in the three years prior to 2009. The increase in yearly revenue may easily be explained away as both companies made breakthroughs in the technology sector at the end of the decade. However, any time a company produces exceptional year-to-year growth it will draw the attention of federal agencies charged with regulating misconduct.
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