Manufacturing dominated business activity in 2010 according to fDi’s latest Global Outlook Report.

Accounting for 26%, or 3163 of global FDI projects, the business activity was followed by sales, marketing and support and business services which generated 3099 and 2235 projects respectively. Manufacturing was also the top activity in terms of capital investment and job creation.

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The year was less impressive for activities such as headquarters and logistics, distribution and transportation, which all saw their project levels decline by 16 and 13% respectively, even though both activities were in the top five.

ICT and internet infrastructure had a very positive year, with project numbers up by almost 19% and capex up by nearly 15%.