Apple retains top spot but UK brands fall, says Brand Finance survey

Martin Scorsese: stars in 2012 Apple iPhone commercial
Martin Scorsese: stars in 2012 Apple iPhone commercial

Samsung has jumped from sixth to the number two spot, while Apple has hung on to its mantle as the world's most valuable brand, according to the annual list published by Brand Finance.

Apple is the clear winner as the most valuable brand, boasting a brand value of $87.3bn (£56.4bn), ahead of Samsung at $58.8bn (£38bn), according to this year’s findings.

Last year, Samsung’s Galaxy S3 outsold Apple's iPhone 4S for the first time in the third quarter of 2012, becoming the world’s best-selling smartphone, according to research firm Strategy Analytics.

The Brand Finance survey reveals that Google and Microsoft occupy third and forth spot respectively, with brand values of $52.1bn (£33.6bn) and $45.5bn (£23.9bn), although both have dropped down one position from the previous year.

Walmart – the owner of Asda – occupied fifth spot for the second year running.

However, UK brands though, suffered a tough year, with all three brands represented – Vodafone, HSBC and Tesco – falling in the survey. Most markedly was the fall of Tesco, which tumbled from 24 to 41.

Commenting on the survey, David Haigh, Brand Finance chief executive, said: "Brand is one of many intangible assets that drive profitable growth. Technology, contractual, human capital and customer intangibles, as well as general goodwill, all drive overall corporate value.

"With revenues in the tens of billions, Apple and Samsung are slugging it out for global brand supremacy and are vying with each other to create strong 'customer love' for their brands."

Brand finance survey: top 10
Rank 2013 Rank 2012 Brand Domicile Brand value 2013 (US$m)
1 1 Apple US 87,304
2 6 Samsung South Korea 58,771
3 2 Google US 52,132
4 3 Microsoft US 45,535
5 5 Walmart US 42,303
6 4 IBM US 37,721
7 7 General Electric US 37,161
8 10 Amazon US 36,788
9 8 Coca-Cola US 34,205
10 12 Verizon
US 30,729

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