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Apple continued its streak as the No. 1 most innovative company in the world, a spot its held since 2005. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Apple continued its streak as the No. 1 most innovative company in the world, a spot its held since 2005.

(Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

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The 50 most innovative companies in the world Add to ...

 
Rank Company Ticker Change from 2010 Industry
1 Apple NC AAPL-Q Technology and telecom
2 Google NC GOOG-Q Technology and telecom
3 Samsung up 8 Technology and telecom
4 Microsoft NC MSFT-Q Technology and telecom
5 Facebook up 43 FB-Q Technology and telecom
6 IBM down 2 IBM-N Technology and telecom
7 Sony up 3 SNE-N Technology and telecom
8 Haier* up 20 Consumer and retail
9 Amazon down 3 AMZN-Q Consumer and retail
10 Hyundai* up 12 Automotive
11 Toyota down 6 TM-N Automotive
12 Ford up 1 F-N Automotive
13 Kia Motors E Automotive
14 BMW up 4 Automotive
15 Hewlett-Packard up 1 HPQ-N Technology and telecom
16 General Electric* up 7 GE-N Industrial products and processes
17 Coca-Cola up 2 KO-N Consumer and retail
18 Dell up 17 DELL-Q Technology and telecom
19 Intel down 7 INTC-Q Technology and telecom
20 Wal-Mart up 1 WMT-N Consumer and retail
21 Starbucks R SBUX-Q Consumer and retail
22 Nissan E Automotive
23 BASF* E Industrial products and processes
24 HTC up 23 Technology and telecom
25 Audi R Automotive
26 Siemens* up 8 SI-N Industrial products and processes
27 Lenovo up 3 Technology and telecom
28 HSBC up 21 HBC-N Financial services
29 General Motors R GM-N Automotive
30 Anheuser-Busch InBev E BUD-N Consumer and retail
31 SoftBank E Technology and telecom
32 Fast Retailing Co. down 5 Consumer and retail
33 Philips* R PHG-N Industrial products and processes
34 Renault R Automotive
35 Shell R RDS.B-N Energy and environment
36 Huawei E Technology and telecom
37 Virgin* down 13 Consumer and retail
38 Boeing R BA-N Industrial products and processes
39 Nike up 7 NKE-N Consumer and retail
40 Caterpillar E CAT-N Industrial products and processes
41 McDonald's up 12 MCD-N Consumer and retail
42 DuPont* R DD-N Industrial products and processes
43 Twitter E Technology and telecom
44 China Petroleum & Chemical E SNP-N Energy and environment
45 Volkswagen down 30 Automotive
46 Airbus E Industrial products and processes
47 Tata* down 30 Industrial products and processes
48 Inditex R Consumer and retail
49 Procter & Gamble down 24 PG-N Consumer and retail
50 3M* R MMM-N Industrial products and processes

Sources: 2010 Boston Consulting Group/BusinessWeek Senior Executive Innovation Survey; 2012 BCG Global Innovators Survey; BCG analysis.

Note: NC = no change; E = entered list; R = returned to list.

*Diversified conglomerate; categorized by primary industry.

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