3) Japan – 2012 score: 75.6%. Highest score: 82.3% Economic integration. Lowest score: 66.6% Less tangible costs. Previous ranking 7.
2) United States – 2012 score: 77.0%. Highest score: 85.2% Cost of moving goods. Lowest score: 65.4% Local consumer base. Previous ranking 3.
1) Hong Kong – 2012 score: 79.6%. Highest score: 96.7% Cost of business set-up. Lowest score: 61.8% Cost of labor/material. Previous ranking 1.
You can see that there has been a considerable amount of movement in the top 10 between last year and this year’s edition of this list which serves to illustrate how the world is ever-changing. This list is definitely something for new and existing businesses to consider in these volatile and often uncertain economic times especially if they are looking to move, expand or start a new venture. The fact that Bloomberg published this lends further credibility given its reputation and presence in the business world. ____________________________________________________________________________________