The Handelsblatt (literally "commerce paper" in English) is a leading German-language business newspaper published in Düsseldorf by Verlagsgruppe Handelsblatt.

Handelsblatt front page of the first issue
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Verlagsgruppe Handelsblatt
EditorSven Afhüppe
Founded16 May 1946 (1946-05-16)
Circulation127,546 (Print, 2018)
42,000 (Digital, 2018)

History and profile

Handelsblatt was established in 1946.[1][2] Since 2016, its editor-in-chief is Sven Afhüppe.[3] Its publisher, Verlagsgruppe Handelsblatt, also publishes the weekly business magazine Wirtschaftswoche[4] of which the editor-in-chief is Miriam Meckel since 2014. Handelsblatt's headquarters are in Düsseldorf.[5]

Since September 2005 Handelsblatt has been offering an online lexicon called WirtschaftsWiki[6] which features definitions of terms used in economics and politics. The database can be modified by any registered user.

In September 2006 Handelsblatt ranked all economists working in Germany, Austria and the German-speaking part of Switzerland.[7] The paper is published in compact format.[8]

In 2009, Dieter von Holtzbrinck bought Der Tagesspiegel, Handelsblatt and "WirtschaftsWoche" from the Georg von Holtzbrinck Publishing Group.

Handelsblatt had a circulation of 127,546 daily copies in 2018.[9]

Handelsblatt Today

An English-language digital edition was launched in 2014, called Handelsblatt Global Edition, which aimed to reach an international audience interested in German business and finance news. It was published five days a week from its editorial office in Berlin with editor-in-chief, Kevin O’Brien at the helm.[10] In 2017, under a new editor-in-chief, Andreas Kluth, the publication avoided the direct translation of German-language articles and instead worked through differences between German and Anglophone journalistic traditions to add details that English readers were accustomed to.[11] The site was renamed Handelsblatt Today in 2018, but, unable to create a business model and reach a substantial audience to generate revenue, Kluth announced that publication would cease on 27 February 2019. [12]


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  3. Gabor Steingart new CEO of Verlagsgruppe Handelsblatt. Horizont.net, 4 November 2012.
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  7. "English summary" of the ranking
  8. "References". Tolerans. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  9. IVW - Informationsgemeinschaft zur Feststellung der Verbreitung von Werbeträgern e.V
  10. ""Handelsblatt" bringt englischsprachige Ausgabe an den Start". Focus Online. Hubert Burda Media. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  11. Kluth, Andreas (27 February 2019). "Farewell: What I learned about journalism while running Handelsblatt Today". Handelsblatt Today. Handelsblatt GmbH. Archived from the original on 5 December 2019. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  12. Kluth, Andreas (1 November 2018). "Handelsblatt Today: About us". Handelsblatt Today. Handelsblatt GmbH. Archived from the original on 5 December 2019. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
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