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The Economist

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Annual Reports

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Economist Intelligence Unit

The world leader in global business intelligence

The Economist Intelligence Unit is the world's foremost provider of country, industry and management analysis. Founded in 1946 when a director of intelligence was appointed to serve The Economist, the Economist Intelligence Unit is now a leading research and advisory firm with more than 40 offices worldwide. For nearly 60 years, the Economist Intelligence Unit has delivered vital business intelligence to influential decision-makers around the world. Our extensive international reach and unfettered independence make us the most trusted and valuable resource for international companies, financial institutions, universities and government agencies.

Our mission is to provide executives with authoritative analysis and forecasts to make informed global decisions. We offer three kinds of business intelligence:

Country analysis on more than 200 markets
Industry trends in eight key sectors
Latest management strategies and best practices

The Economist Intelligence Unit has recently merged with Economist Conferences to deliver 360-degree decision support for your international business. We call it 360-degree decision support because we can help you at any stage of your decision-making process: whether you are gathering facts, developing plans, networking with executives or benchmarking strategies. And we can now provide you with business intelligence in your preferred format: through electronic services, custom research, executive meetings or personalised presentations.

What our new capabilities mean for you

By joining forces with Economist Conferences, the Economist Intelligence Unit has become the world's pre-eminent global research and advisory firm. The coming together of our businesses has widened our network of analysts, deepened our expertise and increased our flexibility to meet your needs. As a result, we now have 150 full-time country specialists and economists supported by an unparalleled global network of 600 contributing analysts and editors.

With our expanded resources, we are able to tailor an international decision-support programme to meet your needs. We are the only global research and advisory firm that offers a full spectrum of high-tech and high-touch services:

Electronic services and publications covering over 200 markets, including country analysis and forecasts, risk assessment, economic and market data, daily news analysis, industry trends and management strategies.
Custom research and presentations, including country analysis and benchmarking, sovereign and operational risk assessment, economic modelling and customised data, market entry and sizing, strategic industry analysis, and presentations by our senior economists and regional experts.
Executive programmes, organised around emerging markets or corporate functions, which provide access to peers, experts and research.
Executive meetings, including executive forums and roundtables on industries, management functions, regions and critical issues. We also hold unique government roundtables where executives can network with political leaders.

How we are organised

The Economist Intelligence Unit is the business-to-business arm of The Economist Group, which publishes The Economist Newspaper. Like The Economist, we are known for our global perspective, accurate analysis, objective thinking, business acumen and influential opinions. Our new business includes four divisions, organised by delivery channel and supported by a customer-centric global sales team.

What sets us apart

The Economist Intelligence Unit is widely respected for the accuracy and independence of its analysis. Although other sources of international information exist, only the Economist Intelligence Unit can provide a comprehensive and consistent world view for making important crossborder business decisions. Unlike other providers of business information, we are renowned for our:

Unparalleled reputation for quality
Objectivity and independence
Comprehensive country coverage
Proven forecasting track record
Consistent and timely analysis
Global network of analysts
Wide access to global executives

Products and services read more on the wide breadth of services that the Economist Intelligence Unit can offer you.

 

 

 

Our people and resources

The nature of our operation and our client base demand a global presence. Our head office is in London with major regional centres in Hong Kong, Vienna and New York. We maintain over 40 editorial and sales offices around the world.

Our unrivalled team of analysts

The Economist Intelligence Unit has one of the largest and most experienced teams of country analysts in the world. With over 300 full-time professionals in 39 offices around the globe, supported by an international network of over 500 expert contributors, the Economist Intelligence Unit is widely known for its unparalleled coverage of major and emerging markets. Our 130 full-time country experts and economists and business analysts, based in London, New York, Vienna, Singapore, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo and Hong Kong, have a thorough grounding in economics, politics, risk and industry analysis. Most have lived and worked in the region they cover; many are fluent in local languages (ranging from Japanese to Swahili), and most have advanced degrees.

Our country experts are supported by an extensive network of contributors based in virtually every country of the world. Currently numbering more than 500, our contributors analyse recent market developments and analyse and forecast political, economic and business trends.

We have an outstanding team of experts

130 full-time country specialists and economists
Three quarters have advanced degrees
Expertise in politics, economics, risk and industry
Deep understanding of management issues
Speak 25 languages

Analyst directory

Searchable directory of analysts and editors around the world complete with country specialisation and contact information.

 

 

 

 

Our methodology

The Economist Intelligence Unit is the world leader in country analysis and forecasting. For almost 60 years we have provided business intelligence that corporate executives, government officials and academics require to understand developments around the world. We cover more than 200 countries, providing economic forecasts on the world's 150 largest markets. Our record for accuracy and insightful analysis earns the loyalty of our customers–and the envy of our competitors.

It is our analytical framework and forecasting methodology that gives us our competitive edge. Our approach combines the best in analysis–drawing on the country expertise of our specialists–and the best in forecasting, grounded in tested models, carefully vetted data and a quality–control process that ensures both accuracy and consistency. Analytical insight combined with quantitative forecasts: that is our method, sustained by an abiding commitment to objectivity, clarity and timeliness.

How we create reliable analysis and forecasts


Our forecasting track record

In May 2002, our central forecast for Ukraine was that Mr Yushchenko would win the presidency in 2004, despite efforts by the government to safeguard its interests. Mr Yushchenko won the vote.

In May 2004 we said that policy paralysis meant that "the resignation of Hong Kong's chief executive, Tung Chee–hwa, as early as next year, cannot be ruled out." The prediction caused considerable furore in Hong Kong, where Mr Tung was seen an immovable Beijing appointee. Within a year China's government changed its mind: Mr Tung announced his resignation on March 10th 2005.

Before the bomb attack in March 2005, we warned that the US military presence in Qatar could be a target for al–Qaida or a like–minded organisation.

Accurate forecasts for 2004

In January 2004, the Economist Intelligence Unit forecast that the world economy would continue to rebound strongly from the global downturn in 2001–02, but that the recovery would be highly uneven across regions. Our forecast was that the non–OECD world would grow faster than at any time in the past 25 years and that the US would grow at its fastest rate since 1999. By contrast, we expected only a modest rebound in the euro area. This is exactly what transpired.

Our forecast
  (January 2004) Actual
US: 4.2% 4.4%
Euro area: 1.9% 1.9%
EU25: 2.4% 2.4%
Japan: 2.8% 2.6%
Non-OECD: 6.2% 7.2%
World (PPP): 5.0% 5.0%
PDF Methodology brochure (PDF)

 

 

 

Our clients

Like The Economist, the Economist Intelligence Unit reaches a wide audience of decision makers and opinion leaders. More than 1.5m people rely on the Economist Intelligence Unit for global research and advice. Our roster of clients represents a broad range of companies, governments and universities worldwide.

Our clients are located around the world

We serve a cross-section of organisations

Senior executives and their staff use our services

 

 

Which MBA Online

Which MBA online provides information and advice on the world's best MBAs. Content includes customisable rankings of the top 100 MBAs in the world, features on how to choose and finance an MBA, and advice from leading MBA experts. Click here for Which MBA Online.

 


Country Reports

Analyse political and economic trends in nearly 200 countries. They show you exactly how national, regional and global events will affect your business in the short-to medium term. Each report examines and explains the issues shaping the countries in which you operate: the political scene, economic policy, the domestic economy and foreign trade and payments.

Covers nearly 200 countriesUpdate frequency: Monthly


Country Forecasts

Focus on the key factors affecting a country's political and economic outlook and its business environment five years ahead. Each report covers an individual country and is written from the perspective of foreign investors.

Covers 60 countriesUpdate frequency: Monthly

 


Global Outlook

This publication contains in-depth macroeconomic forecasts for the world economy for the next five years. It covers fiscal and monetary policies, world trade, exchange rates and commodity prices.

Global coverageUpdate frequency: Monthly


Country Profiles

Outline a country's economic and political status and background. Country Profiles put an annual perspective on the long-term political and social issues affecting each country, providing a complete introduction to all international markets.

Covers nearly 200 countriesUpdate frequency: Annually

 


Business Operations Report

Practical intelligence on the operating environment for business. You will find them invaluable when tackling the problems found in this region--from buying assets to advertising your products effectively. They also provide economic and political analysis and forecasts that enable you to anticipate and exploit market developments.

There are 13 reports in the seriesUpdate frequency: Archive


Business briefings

Provide an up-to-date picture of the latest business conditions in each region of the world. Subject areas include: critical issues for business; alerts and updates; corporate strategy information; focus on finance, trade and economy; business outlooks per country; key macroeconomic indicators; opportunity alert; legal and tax update; business travel; political risk; and personality profiles.

Business Africa Update frequency:Fortnightly
Business Asia Update frequency:Fortnightly
Business China Update frequency:Fortnightly
Business Eastern Europe Update frequency:Weekly
Business Europe Update frequency:Fortnightly
Business Latin America Update frequency:Weekly
Business Middle East Update frequency:Fortnightly
Business Russia Update frequency:Archive


India Business Intelligence

Business India Intelligence provides you with the up-to-date intelligence you want on the commercial markets of India. It helps you identify commercial opportunities. And alerts you to structural weaknesses that still exist. Based on rigorous research, and trusted by executives in a wide range of companies, Business India Intelligence is the definitive monthly briefing on doing business in the country.

India Business IntelligenceUpdate frequency: Monthly


Country Monitor

Each week, Country Monitor analyses the latest global economic and political events and highlights those with the greatest implications for business

Country MonitorUpdate frequency: Weekly


European Policy Analyst

Monitors the progress of EU legislation, highlighting the latest proposals, amendments and delays. Reviews all the new single-market regulations and directives; assesses recent competition policy decisions. Examines EU environmental policy and relations with the EU’s main external trading partners, and provides commentary on topical issues; and forecasts expected developments in the coming year.

EuropeUpdate frequency: Quarterly


Country Finance

A comprehensive guide to the changing financial conditions, tax laws, investment opportunities, banking and other financial services in 47 countries.

Global coverageUpdate frequency: Quarterly


Country Commerce

Provides a practical reference guide to the specific operating conditions, commercial laws and business regulations of 60 countries worldwide. It gives unbiased guidance on critical issues such as obtaining proper permits and registrations, protecting your intellectual property in the Internet age and complying with local tax laws--including e-commerce rules.

Global coverageUpdate frequency: Twice a year

 

 

 

 

 

EIU DataServices

 

EIU DataServices
   
  To make informed business decisions, you need accurate data. The EIU DataServices portfolio, comprising five global databases, has been designed with the needs of your business in mind. If you are not a subscriber, take a tour to see what our databases contain or contact your nearest Bureau van Dijk or Economist Intelligence Unit office for further information. To enter the databases, click on the product names below.

The Economist Intelligence Unit is pleased to have the following companies as data partners: CB Richard Ellis, Espicom Business Intelligence, Euromonitor, Franklin & Andrews Ltd, IDC, JD Power, Cushman & Wakefield, Planet Retail, Pyramid Research and Watson Wyatt.

 

New from the Economist Intelligence Unit: We are happy to announce the addition of our Long-term forecasts to the CountryData and Market Indicators & Forecasts databases. The forecast period has now been extended to cover the long-term outlook and includes projections of key macroeconomic and market size variables up to 2030 for the 60 largest economies. View more information on long-term forecasts or to see how we calculate them, view our methodology within the site.

 

 

Select a database

 


A comprehensive database of economic indicators and forecasts, covering 317 series for 150 countries, as well as 45 regional aggregates, running from 1980 and forecasting out five years. For the 60 most important markets, key variables are additionally projected to 2030 in order to facilitate business planning. EIU CountryData

 

A powerful database of economic, demographic, consumption and industry data on 60 major countries worldwide and 11 regional aggregates, stretching back to 1990. The product includes detailed economic and industry forecasts for the next five years and longer-term economic projections. EIU Market Indicators & Forecasts

 

Essential support for all your foreign investment decisions. World Investment Service features a detailed database containing flows of investment by country and industry, overseas mergers and acquisitions and business costs. The service covers the world's 60 largest economies and provides detailed analysis on political and economic background, business environment, foreign investment regulations and trends in foreign investment. EIU World Investment Service

 

A global database of over 327 price and salary levels providing information on the cost of living in 140 cities worldwide from 1990 to the present day. EIU CityData

 

EIU Country Risk Model measures five risk categories: currency, sovereign debt, banking, political and economic structure across 120 countries, assigning each a rating which can be compared across markets and over time. Country Risk Model

 

 

 

 

The EIU DataServices portfolio comprises these global business databases:
 
EIU Country Data
A comprehensive database of economic indicators and forecasts, covering 317 series for 150 countries, as well as 45 regional aggregates, running from 1980 and forecasting out five years. For the 60 most important markets, key variables are additionally projected to 2030 in order to facilitate business planning.
 
EIU Market Indicators & Forecasts
A powerful database of economic, demographic, consumption and industry data on 60 major countries worldwide and 11 regional aggregates, stretching back to 1990. The product includes detailed economic and industry forecasts for the next five years and longer-term economic projections.
 
EIU World Investment Service
Essential support for all your foreign investment decisions. World Investment Service features a detailed database containing flows of investment by country and industry, overseas mergers and acquisitions and business costs. The service covers the world's 60 largest economies and provides detailed analysis on political and economic background, business environment, foreign investment regulations and trends in foreign investment.
 
EIU City Data
A global database of product prices and business costs providing over 330 prices levels on more than 160 products and services in 123 cities worldwide from 1990 to the present.
 
Combination of Country Data and Market Indicators
A combination of EIU Country Data and EIU Market Indicators & Forecasts.

 

 

Technology

there is an extensive technology section

 

 

 

 

Partners

 IDC

 

 

EIU  Corporate Network

 

Corporate Network is the Economist Intelligence Unit's exclusive, membership-based executive briefing and networking service. It offers a tailored blend of interactive meetings and high-calibre research.
 

High level Conferences

 

 

Economist Staff:

 

 

 
 

 

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