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Apple named world’s most valuable company in tech-dominated Forbes ranking

Tech behemoth Apple has been named the most valuable brand in the world for a seventh consecutive year.

The highly-regarded ranking, compiled by Forbes magazine, puts the iPhone makers’ brand value at $170bn, a 10 per cent increase on the figure for 2016, and well ahead of second-placed Google, whose brand value has risen $19.3bn from last year to just under $102bn, according to Forbes.

Tech peer Microsoft nabbed third spot, with a value of $87bn, followed by Facebook at $73.5bn. Consumer goods giant Coca-Cola rounds out the top five with a value of $56.4bn.

2017’s biggest losers in terms of brand value were IBM, which lost 20 per cent of its value from 2016, HSBC, which fell 18 per cent, Caterpillar and H&M, which both lost 11 per cent, and Coach and Cartier, which slipped 8 per cent.

Six of the top ten highest ranking brands are tech companies, with Amazon and Samsung scoring sixth and tenth spot at $54.1bn and $38.2bn respectively.

“Technology brands continue to rank as the most valuable in the world,” said Forbes senior editor Kurt Badenhausen. He said that Apple’s premium brand now produces an average selling price of nearly $700 for its iPhones. That helps the company to generate more than 80 per cent of the whole industry’s smartphone profits.

Forbes’ ranking is based on analysis of more than 200 global brands, taking into account three years of earnings and looking at the role that each brand plays in its respective industry.

Earlier this month, Apple became the first US company ever to top the $800bn market capitalisation threshold, just over two years after it surpassed the $700bn mark.

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