The United States has regained top billing in the IMD world competitiveness rankings, after losing out in 2012 to Hong Kong.
This year's strong performance was attributed to a rebounding financial sector, a wave of innovation and an improved corporate outlook.
According to business executives surveyed by IMD, doing business in America is an attractive proposition due to the dynamism of the economy, access to a skilled workforce, easy financing and a strong research and development culture.
There are, however, plenty of areas for improvement. Executives panned the U.S. tax code, and "competency of government" ranked very low on a list of factors that are important to business.
Apple remains the top global brand with an estimated value of $185 billion, according to an annual ranking by WPP and Millward Brown. Which other companies have brands worth billions?
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