Apple has climbed 300 places on the Forbes list of the world's largest companies.

Now the world's 442nd largest company the financial magazine reports Apple's sales at $9.76 billion, profits at $510 million and a market capital of $36.66 billion.

IBM and HP lead the technology company pack (at numbers 17 and 54 respectively). Sony sits in 123rd place, Motorola at 153.

Apple leads t Sun, Quanta, NCR and Ingram Micro.