Apple took second place in Business Week's annual list of the top 50 performing technology companies this of 2006.

"It's no surprise to find Apple and Google at the top of our list," the magazine observes. "Apple, number two on the Tech Hot Growth ranking, is the prime example of a company that has created its own opportunities."

The report goes on to praise the firm for "breakthrough innovation" and for becoming an "international icon".

Google takes fourth place in this year's list, which is led by computer chip company, Amkor Technology.