Area Development
Each October, IBM Global Business Services presents an annual report analyzing the latest global trends in location selection. The report is prepared by PLI - Global Location Strategies, a division of IBM Global Business Services that advises clients where to establish and operate their business functions around the world, and also helps economic development organizations with their strategies to attract and retain businesses and improve their business environment.

Some of the key findings from this year's report are:
•Jobs created by foreign investment grew more than 20 percent worldwide.
•There were record numbers of inward investment in many mature markets in North America, Western Europe and Asia-Pacific.
The number of emerging markets attracting foreign investment is increasing, as these markets continue to improve their business environments.
Companies are increasingly establishing individual business functions in separate locations, becoming Globally Integrated Enterprises.
Many countries are responding to this trend by offering specialized business conditions for specific sectors and functions.

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