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17 companies spending most on R&D in the world

Last updated on: November 5, 2012 08:30 IST

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Some companies spend a lot on research and development to stay ahead in business. Booz & Company, a consultancy, has ranked firms based on R & D spending in 2011.

Let's take a look at some of these companies.

Source: The Economist

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Toyota

Country: Japan

R&D spending (2011): $9.9 billion

R&D spending as per cent of sales: 4.2 per cent

Global rank: 1

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Novartis

Country: Switzerland

R&D spending (2011): $9.7 billion

R&D spending as per cent of sales: 16.4 per cent

Global rank: 2

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Roche

Country: Switzerland

R&D spending (2011): $9.6 billion

R&D spending as per cent of sales: 19.6 per cent

Global rank: 3

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Pfizer

Country: The United States

R&D spending (2011): $9.5 billion

R&D spending as per cent of sales: 13.5 per cent

Global rank: 4

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Microsoft

Country: The United States

R&D spending (2011): $9.4 billion

R&D spending as per cent of sales: 12.9 per cent

Global rank: 5

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Samsung

Country: South Korea

R&D spending (2011): $9.4 billion

R&D spending as per cent of sales: 6.1 per cent

Global rank: 6

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Merck

Country: The United States

R&D spending (2011): $8.4 billion

R&D spending as per cent of sales: 17.6 per cent

Global rank: 7

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Intel

Country: The United States

R&D spending (2011): $8.3 billion

R&D spending as per cent of sales: 15.5 per cent

Global rank: 8

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General Motors

Country: The United States

R&D spending (2011): $8.1 billion

R&D spending as per cent of sales: 5.4 per cent

Global rank: 9

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Nokia

Country: Finland

R&D spending (2011): $7.8 billion

R&D spending as per cent of sales: 14.5 per cent

Global rank: 10

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Volkswagen

Country: Germany

R&D spending (2011): $7.7 billion

R&D spending as per cent of sales: 3.5 per cent

Global rank: 11

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Johnson & Johnson

Country: Germany

R&D spending (2011): $7.6 billion

R&D spending as per cent of sales: 11.6 per cent

Global rank: 12

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Sanofi

Country: France

R&D spending (2011): $6.3 billion

R&D spending as per cent of sales: 14.4 per cent

Global rank: 13

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Panasonic

Country: Japan

R&D spending (2011): $6.2 billion

R&D spending as per cent of sales: 6.6 per cent

Global rank: 14

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Honda

Country: Japan

R&D spending (2011): $6.2 billion

R&D spending as per cent of sales: 6.5 per cent

Global rank: 15

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GlaxoSmithKline

Country: The United Kingdom

R&D spending (2011): $6.1 billion

R&D spending as per cent of sales: 14.3 per cent

Global rank: 16

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IBM

Country: The United States

R&D spending (2011): $6.1 billion

R&D spending as per cent of sales: 5.9 per cent

Global rank: 17


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