The Apple juggernaut continues to defy sceptics even in the face of global smartphone saturation, the key driver of profits today.
The world’s first trillion dollar company, it is increasingly driving its applications-based services business, such as Apple Pay, Apple Music and a vast collection of other value-added initiatives across its app store to power earnings in the future.
A host of tracker, global growth and technology funds offer a route to ownership, or the Nasdaqlisted stock can be bought easily over any half decent investment platform in the UK. (SF)
New York-listed beverages behemoth CocaCola boasts the best known brand in the world and the most popular soft drink in history. It is also an organic tea, premium juice and sports drinks business.
Its recent buying spree includes the proposed acquisition of coffee chain Costa, and the purchase of a stake in sports drink brand BodyArmor; the drinks titan is also extending its push into healthier beverages including sparkling waters as consumers move away from sugary fizzy drinks. (JC)
LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton is the world’s biggest luxury group, a colossal whose enduring brands span Louis Vuitton, one of the world’s top luxury labels by sales, Christian Dior, Krug champagne and Hennessy cognac.
The Paris-headquartered luxury conglomerate, guided by the suave Bernard Arnault, ranks among the best ways to play the rise of the super-rich across emerging markets including China. Its shares trade on Euronext and can easily be bought on UK investment platforms. (JC)
The golden arches synonymous with the McDonald’s fast food chain, whose shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange, now occupy countries all over the globe. A key selling point of the brand is that customers know exactly what they are getting, whether they are at a McDonald’s in Paris or Peru. The strength of its brand allows it to increasingly operate as a franchise model, reducing costs. (TS)