Business Week details:
At a time when the economy is experiencing its steepest drop-off since the depths of the 1982 recession, it's perhaps not surprising that cash is the new black at big corporations—and the bigger the pile, the better. With that in mind, BusinessWeek sought out 21 U.S. outfits that most aggressively stockpiled cash in the most recent quarter. Collectively, this group of companies added $83.7 billion to their balance sheets. By contrast, they reduced their cash by a total of $808 million during the same quarter of 2007.