Ljubljana, 09 September (STA) - Slovenia's top grocer Mercator has come in 35th on the list of 500 largest companies from Central Europe compiled by auditing firm Deloitte. Mercator leapfrogged the largest Slovenian energy group Petrol, which was ranked 41st for a second year in a row.
Mercator placed first among Slovenian companies with sales revenues of EUR 2.64bn. It is followed by Petrol (41st), car maker Revoz (105th), hardware retail chain Merkur (107th), home appliance maker Gorenje (116th) and pharmaceutical group Krka (159th).
With 18 companies among the top 500, Slovenia leads the former Yugoslav countries in terms of representation on the list. It is followed by Croatia with 16 and Serbia with 12 companies.
Poland has the most companies on the list, followed by Hungary and Ukraine. Poland also boasts the largest company: oil giant PKN Orlen with consolidated sales revenues of EUR 15.5bn.
Second place belongs to Hungarian oil company MOL and third to Czech electricity distributor CEZ.
Deloitte has also drawn up a list of 50 largest banks and insurance companies in the region. Slovenia's NLB, boasting total assets of EUR 19.6bn, ranks 7th on the list of banks, whereas Zavarovalnica Triglav, with more than EUR 1bn gross premiums, is 5th among insurance companies.