Employees: 17,000

Headquarters: Universal City, Calif.

Revenue, for quarter ended Sept. 30: $1.06 billion

Earnings, for quarter ended Sept. 30: $61.4 million

Motion Picture Group: "Jaws," "E.T.," "Born on the Fourth of July," "Back to the Future II," "Henry and June."

Universal Television: "Murder, She Wrote," "Major Dad," "Coach." MCA Home Video and Pay Television: "Biloxi Blues," "Willow," "Midnight Run." Studio Tours: Universal Studios Hollywood; Universal Studios Florida (50 percent joint venture). Music Entertainment: Tom Petty, Bobby Brown, George Strait; distribution, music publishing, concert facilities, concessions and merchandising. Retail and Mail Order: Spencer Gifts, A2Z gift shops, Intrigue jewelry stores. MCA Publishing Group: G.P. Putnam's Sons; Berkley Publishing Group;Putnam and Grosset Group; authors include Tom Clancy, Joe McGinniss, Robert B. Parker, Charles Kuralt, Lawrence Sanders. Broadcasting and Cable: WWOR-TV, Secaucus, N.J.; a 50 percent interest in USA Network. Other operations: Yosemite & Curry Co. food and lodging concessions at Yosemite National Park in California; 49 percent ownership of Cineplex Odeon theaters; real estate).


Employees: 198,299.

Headquarters: Osaka, Japan.

Revenue, for quarter ended Sept. 30: $12.1 billion

Earnings, for quarter ended Sept. 30: $498 million

Primary brand names: Panasonic, Technics, Quasar Video equipment: VCRs, camcorders, color TV, video disc players, satellite broadcast receivers. Audio equipment: radios, tape recorders, compact disc players, stereo equipment, car stereos, electronic musical instruments. Home appliances: refrigerators, air conditioners, laundry equipment, vacuum cleaners, irons, microwave ovens, electric and kerosene heaters, electric blankets. Communication and industrial equipment: fax machines, personal computers, copiers, measuring instruments, welding machines, industrial robots, vending machines. Other: electronic components; batteries; kitchen-related products; bicycles, cameras, pencil sharpeners, water purifiers, lumber, paper, medical equipment, cabin cruisers.