Figures showed that the sector received 1,739 investment projects for the year, a slight increase on 2009 but a record high since the data started being collected in 2003.

Also faring well was the financial services sector which had 1,718 projects. The sector was received the second largest amount of projects for the year, but is still off its record high of 1,954 received in 2008.


Receiving the most investments overall from 2003 to present was the software and IT services sector with 11,016.

The sector received 1,601 projects in 2010. While the number of projects is slightly off the record of 1,680 in 2008, it is a healthy bounce after investments fell in 2009, the first time that had happened since fDi Markets began collecting the data in 2003.

The sectors with the most significant drop were the energy sectors, showing that the 2010 post-crisis climate still deterred companies from making these investments. Coal, oil and natural gas fell by 34% and is one of the few sectors to have dropped more sharply in 2009-2010 than in the 2008-2009 crisis period. This also applies to the alternative/renewable energy sector which fell by 21.7%, showing that the green sector is still suffering as a result of the financial climate. The biotechnology sector almost halved in 2010 compared to 2009, with some sources claiming that it suffered due to a drop in venture capital funding.