By WRAL Tech Wire

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Lenovo has returned to the Fortune Global 500.

Lenovo, the world’s No. 4 PC maker behind HP, Dell and Acer, placed No. 449 in the magazine’s 2011 ranking of the world’s largest corporations by revenue.

The Company re-enters the magazine’s annually released list for the first time since 2008.

“Over the past two years, we have made significant progress in our journey toward becoming the leading personal technology company in the world, and our return to the ‘Fortune Global 500’ rankings serves as great recognition of Lenovo’s strong business results and our focus on serving our customers and business partners,” said Yang Yuanqing, chief executive officer for Lenovo.

Lenovo’s reentry into the Fortune Global 500 further demonstrates the company’s rapid global business growth.

The company is the fastest growing of the top-five PC manufacturers worldwide for the sixth quarter in a row. In addition, for the eighth quarter in a row, Lenovo’s growth exceeded the worldwide PC market as a whole. During the company’s fourth quarter ending March 31, 2011, Lenovo’s worldwide shipments increased 16 percent year-over-year, and for the first time, Lenovo surpassed $21 billion in annual revenue.

The Fortune Global 500 is a ranking of the top 500 corporations worldwide as measured by revenue. The list is compiled and published annually by Fortune magazine.

Lenovo operates its headquarters in Morrisville, but most of its operations are located in China.

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