Strategy of pushing readers to premium packages of print and digital content pays off for magazine, which this year severed links with Pearson
The Economist grew profits to more than £60m last year overcoming an 18% fall in print ad revenues by focusing on pushing its premium print and digital subscription packages to readers.
The weekly business magazine managed a strong year despite navigating arguably the biggest upheaval in its 173-year history with Pearson, the former owner of the Financial Times, selling its 50% stake to existing shareholders led by an investment company headed by the heir to the Fiat business.
The Economist Group managed to boost operating profit from £59.3m to £60.6m in the year to the end of March, a creditable performance given the pressures facing publishers.
While advertising suffered the Economist credited its strategy of pushing readers to premium packages of print and digital with circulation profits up 31% year-on-year and digital subscriber numbers up 27% despite a fall in newsstand sales.
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