Quote from New Yrok Times:
Exxon, the largest oil company in the United States, said its profit jumped nearly 49 percent to a record $2.49 billion, or $2 a share, in the fourth quarter, compared with a profit of $1.68 billion, or $1.35 a share, in the similar quarter of 1995. Revenue climbed to $37.62 billion from $31.50 billion.
Exxon Corporation earned more than 1 billion dollars in the 4th quarter of 1995. Exxon Corporation earned more than 1 billion dollars in 1988 already.
So not sure how to answer the question.