‘HDFC Bank is India’s most valued brand for 5th year in a row’

MUMBAI: HDFC Bank retained its top spot in the BrandZ India Top 50 for the fifth year in a row, growing its brand value by 21 per cent to USD 21.7 billion in 2018.

The lender earned top spot, having built a reputation for its sustainable livelihood initiative by introducing smaller loans worth as little as USD 175 that can be accessed through its bank branches, WPP and Kantar Millward Brown’s BrandZ Most Valuable Indian Brands report said on Thursday.

Insurance brand LIC comes in at the second spot (USD 19.8 billion) due to the key role played by its pension plan business, while Tata Consultancy Services ranked third (USD 15 billion), having leveraged digital technologies to drive growth and business transformation.

Other new high-ranking brands include e-commerce retailer Flipkart (No 11, USD 4.1 billion), e-commerce payment wallet Paytm (No 12, USD 4.1 billion) and Zee TV (No 15, $3.8 billion).

The collective value of the country’s top 50 brands grew 34 per cent in 2018, according to the report, boosted by rising consumer confidence, the country’s return to rapid economic growth and consumers becoming brand aware.

Since its launch five years ago, the total value of the top 50 Indian brands grew 110 per cent to USD 146.1 billion, pipping the 76 per cent rise for the top 50 Chinese brands and 60 per cent growth for the global top 50 over the same period, it said. (AGENCIES)