The recession is, by the standard measurement, over. The National Bureau of Economic Research's Business Cycle Dating Committee said the downturn ended in June 2009. Most polls of individuals and company executives say otherwise. And on some parts of Main Street, the recession is still deepening.
24/7 Wall St. took a look at ten large companies whose success will prove that the recession has ended for most Americas -- consumers and businesses alike. None of them are rapidly growing. Most are relatively mature. This makes them a good litmus tests for showing an improvement in economic growth because rapidly expanding companies such as Apple can give off false signals.