A recent study, commissioned by WPP and conducted by Millward Brown, has revealed the most valuable Chinese brands and highlighted the growth that Chinese brands are seeing across different industries. The top 10 brands, as revealed by the 2014 WPP BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Chinese Brands study, are shown below.
Brand value 2014 ($M)
Brand value change
2014 vs. 2013 (%)
China Construction Bank
Agricultural Bank of China
Bank of China
Oil & Gas
Oil & Gas
Market-driven brands (or private companies without government backing) enjoyed the most growth in the top 50, with values growing by 27% compared to the 9% growth in state-owned enterprises (SEOs). However, SEOs made up 8 of the top 10 brands, including the top 2. China Mobile came top of the rankings for the fourth year in a row, with a brand value of $61.4bn, followed by financial institution ICBC and technology company Tencent.
The study also revealed that 11 industries showed an increase in brand value, with travel agency (+98%), healthcare (+67%) and food and dairy (+62%) showing the biggest increases. However, it was Financial, Oil & Gas and Technology firms that made up the majority of the top 10 brands revealed by the study.
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