Apple, Google, Coca-Cola top list of 100 most valuable brands: report

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple Inc AAPL.O, Alphabet Inc's GOOGL.O Google and Coca-Cola Co KO.N topped the list of the world's 100 most valuable brands in 2016, while technology and automotive brands dominated the overall rankings, according to a new report from brand consultancy Interbrand.

Microsoft Corp MSFT.O, Toyota Motor Corp 7203.T, IBM Corp IBM.N, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd 005930.KS, Inc AMZN.O, Mercedes-Benz DAIGn.DE and General Electric Co GE.N were also on the Top 10 list, according to Interbrand's 2016 Best Global Brands report.

Social network Facebook Inc FB.O, e-commerce giant Amazon AMZN.O and toy company Lego were the top growing brands.

This year, technology and automotive took 29 of 100 rankings on the annual list.

The report ranks brands based on financial performance, its influence on customers and its power to command a premium price or drive company sales.

Apple’s brand value rose 5 percent from a year ago to $178 billion and Google’s brand value was up 11 percent from a year ago to $133 billion, according to the report.

Apple, Google and Coca-Cola are the most valuable brands as “their finances are strong, their brand is a powerful driver of choice and they are very strong compared to competitors,” Jez Frampton, Interbrand’s global chief executive officer, said.

Hitting the Top 100 for the first time, French fashion brand Dior and Silicon Valley automaker Tesla Motors Inc TSLA.O at Nos. 89 and 100 respectively. Hugo Boss, Chevrolet and Kleenex dropped off the list, the report said.

Interbrand is part of Omnicom Group Inc OMC.N.

Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe