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IBM Global Business Services: Global Location Trends 2010

While global economic uncertainty has put pressure on international investment, cities around the world continue to lead as destinations for investment. In its annual Global Location Trends report, IBM finds that among top metros, London is the world's top urban location for investment. While the United States remains the top country for investment destinations, no U.S. cities cracked the top five of IBM's list. New York was the only American city to make the top 10, snagging seventh place.


1. London

IBM ranked London the top destination by number of investment projects. While the United States is the leading destination nation, the U.K. capital took top honors among global urban areas.

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2. Shanghai

As the most populous city in China and the world's most populous metro area, Shanghai is the heart of China's powerhouse economy and a leading global investment destination.

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3. Paris

Metro Paris is one of Europe's strongest economic centers, and produces more than a quarter of France's GDP. Particularly strong in the automobile, aeronautic, and electronic industries, Paris is also a top choice for destination investments.

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4. Dubai

Rising from the desert sands of the United Arab Emirates, Dubai is one of the world's newest global economies. Not only has it experienced torrential business and real estate growth, but it continues to attract significant world investments.

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5. Bangalore

Bangalore, capital of the Indian state of Karnataka, is the country's third most populous city. It is both a major economic center of India and the fastest growing major metro in the nation. Its thriving industries draw investment from around the globe.

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