The Economist

With a growing global circulation of approximately 1.5 million readers and a reputation for insightful analysis and opinion on every aspect of world events, The Economist is one of the most widely recognised and well-read current affairs publications. Founded in 1843, the paper contains insightful editorial about the week's events, plus sections about each region of the world, science and technology, books and arts and the weekly obituary. The Economist website is the premier online source for global business analysis and current affairs and includes the full content from the weekly newspaper, plus web-only articles, debate forums and more. 

The Economist app brings content to readers through several devices including iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry. Subscriptions are available via The Economist website.
Company Growth (employees)
London, GB
Size (employees)
2,139 (est)
The Economist is headquartered in London, GB

Key People at The Economist

Zanny Minton Beddoes

Zanny Minton Beddoes

Chris Stibbs

Chris Stibbs

Group chief executive
Robin Bew

Robin Bew

Managing director, Economist Intelligence Unit
Michael Brunt

Michael Brunt

CMO and Managing Director, Circulation
Jora Gill

Jora Gill

Chief Digital Officer
Oscar Grut

Oscar Grut

EVP, Corporate Development & Group General Counsel
Paul McHale

Paul McHale

Group HR Director

The Economist Office Locations

The Economist has an office in London
London, GB (HQ)
25 St. James' Street

The Economist Data and Metrics

The Economist Financial Metrics

The Economist's revenue was reported to be £330.9 m in FY, 2016 which is a 2% increase from the previous period.

Revenue (FY, 2016)

330.9 m

Revenue growth (FY, 2015 - FY, 2016), %


Gross profit (FY, 2016)

224.7 m

Gross profit margin (FY, 2016), %


Net income (FY, 2016)

43.5 m

Cash (31-Mar-2016)

35.8 m
GBPFY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016


331.5 m324.5 m330.9 m

Revenue growth, %


Cost of goods sold

95.1 m98.2 m106.2 m

Gross profit

236.5 m226.2 m224.7 m

Gross profit Margin, %


Operating expense total

177.5 m166.9 m164.1 m

Pre tax profit

56.9 m53.8 m54.1 m

Net Income

44 m42 m43.5 m
GBPFY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016


42.9 m47.1 m35.8 m

Accounts Receivable

41.9 m40.8 m40.2 m

Current Assets

108.5 m108.1 m100.2 m


27.2 m42.5 m17.7 m


101.6 m113.4 m128.6 m

Total Assets

237.3 m264 m246.5 m

Accounts Payable

14.3 m14.6 m14.7 m

Current Liabilities

181.7 m160.6 m160.3 m

Total Liabilities

241.9 m287.9 m323.8 m

Retained Earnings

3.1 m4.4 m114.2 m

Total Equity

(4.5 m)(23.9 m)(77.3 m)

Financial Leverage

-52.5 x-11 x-3.2 x
GBPFY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016

Cash From Operating Activities

69 m54 m39.9 m

Cash From Financing Activities

(4.6 m)(48.7 m)(161.1 m)

Income Taxes Paid

(12.9 m)(11.8 m)(10.6 m)
GBPY, 2016


203.3 k

Financial Leverage

-3.2 x

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