1995 Was One For The Books

America's most valuable companies grew even more valuable--by a record 35%

For Cisco Systems Inc., 1995 was the year when all the chips fell into place. Corporations were suddenly racing to do more of their business across computer networks--including the Internet. And as the network traffic rose, so did demand for the switches that Cisco makes to manage the Net. Sales raced up 73% last year, to $2.7 billion, while earnings rocketed 94%, to $634 million. "Less than 1% of the world has Internet access," exults Cisco Chief Executive John T. Chambers. "We're in the very early innings of this game."

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