Here is ninety-seven years of IBM's year-to-year revenue growth distilled into a chart format that is easy to visually digest. As we continue our discussion and insights into evaluating IBM's Chief Executive Officers, we have to consider revenue growth. We then need to map those numbers to significant events such as the Great Depression, minor (less than twelve months) and major (longer than twelve months) recessions, major stock market advances and world wars.
The goal is to visually display the "adversity or trailing wind" that some Chief Executive Officers may have faced or benefited from by simply raising their sails into the breeze.
Revenue growth prior to 1934 is sometimes averaged. This is due to limited revenue information from Moody's prior to that year.
Peter E. Greulich
Author, Speaker and Publisher
MBI Concepts Corporation