If you do not follow the markets you may be surprised to learn that IBM have now surpassed Microsoft to second place in the rankings of technology firms.

On 30 September 2011 IBM's worth closed at (US) $214bn.  Microsoft was pushed into third ranking with $213bn.  This is the first time since 1996 that IBM have exceeded the value of Microsoft.  If you watch the markets closely this will not come as a surprise -- IBM's value has increased 22% since the start of 2011, whereas Microsoft have declined 8% in the same period.

Apple still hold the top slot at an impressive $362bn

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