In Samara the investment climate has become friendly. This fact can be proved by the leading Russian rating companies. According to «Expert» rating company, in 2011-2012 Samara region is on the 10th place for investment potential. In 2011, according to «Forbes» magazine, Samara region is on the 5th place in the rating of business-attractive regions of Russia. In recent years a number of investment projects of big international companies were successfully implemented in Samara region: «Alcoa», «Danone», «Coca-cola», «Pepsi», «General Motors», «Metro», «Henkel», «Delphi», «Nestle».
Samara is among the leading centers of Privolzhsky Federal Region (PFR) in terms of trade and industry. According to Ministry of Economical Development, Investments and Trade of Samara region, in 2010 Samara is the leader in PFR and the 9th in Russia considering retail trade turnover. There are about 400 industrial companies in Samara region. Such branches of economy as automobiles, metallurgy, aerospace, fuel, power, food and oil & chemistry are the most advanced.