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description daily newspaper
Area of ​​Expertise economy
language German
publishing company Handelsblatt Media Group ( Germany )
Headquarters Dusseldorf
First edition May 16, 1946
Frequency of publication Monday to Friday
Sold edition 120,005 copies
( IVW 2/2020, Mon-Fri)
Range 0.45 million readers
( MA 2019 II )
Editor-in-chief Sven Afhuppe
Web link handelsblatt.com
ISSN (print)

The Handelsblatt is a German daily newspaper . The business and financial newspaper in German is published by the Düsseldorfer Handelsblatt Media Group , which in turn belongs to the DvH Medien . The editor-in-chief is Sven Afhüppe . The Handelsblatt is compulsory for the stock exchanges in Frankfurt am Main and Düsseldorf . The circulation sold is 120,005 copies, a decrease of 25.6 percent since 1998. In 2017, the Handelsblatt was recognized as the “best newspaper in Europe” as part of the European Newspaper Award . According to the GPRA trust index, the Handelsblatt was the most trustworthy daily newspaper in Germany in 2016 and, according to Media Tenor, the most cited business title in Germany in 2018.


Photo of the original license for the publication of a business newspaper, which the journalist Herbert Gross applied for from the British military authorities in the spring of 1946.

In the spring of 1946, the journalist Herbert Gross applied to the British military authorities for a license to publish a business newspaper. He received this with the condition that the newspaper remains free of National Socialist ideas and advocates democracy and a peaceful interplay of work and capital. Since there was a lack of paper, only 10,000 copies with no more than eight pages were allowed to be printed per week. The publication of advertisements was not allowed.

The first edition of the Handelsblatt appeared on May 16, 1946. After the paper allotments improved in 1947, advertisements could be published and the circulation increased.

The Gross era ended after a few months. Gross remained connected to the paper as a freelance author. The new licensee was the founding editor-in-chief of Handelsblatt, Friedrich Vogel . The second licensee was the auditor Erich Potthoff. Potthoff regularly wrote a column in the newspaper, and he was also instrumental in founding the magazine Der Betrieb , the first issue of which appeared in January 1948. In 1949 Potthoff left the publishing house. Since in 1949 the license requirement, censorship and other requirements were no longer applicable, Vogel was now the sole owner of the newspaper.

From 1949 the Handelsblatt appeared three times a week and from 1959 every trading day. In 1961 the appearance of the newspaper changed. In particular, more pictures, photos and then cartoons were taken. In 1964 the Handelsblatt took over the "Deutsche Zeitung", a business paper also founded in 1946. The "Deutsche Zeitung" remained a subtitle of the Handelsblatt until 1970.

In 1969 Friedrich Vogel, now 67 years old and without descendants, initially accepted Georg von Holtzbrinck as a minority shareholder. A new era began with von Holtzbrinck as a partner. The first step: in 1970 the competitor Industriekurier was taken over. Klaus Bernhardt advanced to long-time editor-in-chief.

1983 brought considerable changes for the publisher: A new publishing house in the Düsseldorfer Kasernenstrasse was moved. At the same time, the newspaper changed its face, its format and the place of printing. After the first big increase in circulation within five years from 44,000 to 78,000, which was followed by the merger with the "Industriekurier", the circulation has now grown - also within five years - from almost 85,000 to over 120,000 copies.

The first "Handelsblatt" appeared on May 16, 1946 with the headline "Regulation of the consumer goods cycle".

In 1994 and 1997 the design of the Handelsblatt was thoroughly revised, the financial newspaper was expanded considerably and new topics were dealt with on special pages (for example, "Company Sport"). After the competitor Financial Times Deutschland was announced for 1999, the editorial team and correspondent network were strengthened. In addition, the content of the newspaper was further expanded, with an outwardly more colorful and modern look.

For many years the editor-in-chief of the Handelsblatt was the tax and labor lawyer Hans Mundorf. This was followed by Thomas Knipp (2002–2004) and Bernd Ziesemer (2002–2010). Ziesemer left the newspaper in the second half of 2010; Gabor Steingart , previously editor of the news magazine Der Spiegel , most recently as a correspondent in Washington, DC , became the new editor-in-chief on April 1, 2010. Steingart was appointed to the three-person management of the Handelsblatt Media Group in October 2012 (starting January 1, 2013). He was followed by Hans-Jürgen Jakobs as editor -in- chief on January 1, 2013. Since the beginning of 2015, Jakobs has shared the post with Sven Afhüppe , who has been the newspaper's sole editor-in-chief since January 1, 2016.

In 2018, the former editor-in-chief and then publisher of Handelsblatt Gabor Steingart was suddenly dismissed. His departure sparked a public discussion. In an article from February 7, 2018, Steingart called the power struggle at the top of the SPD a “perfect murder” by party chairman Martin Schulz against Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel . The publisher von Holtzbrinck stated that he and Steingart had “differences in key corporate law issues” and “in individual cases - different assessments of journalistic standards”. According to Spiegel , the dismissal involved different strategic plans for the Handelsblatt Media Group. Steingart demanded huge investments and is said to have encouraged the sale of specialist magazines. He also criticized the supervisory board for being incorrectly put together and not digitally savvy. The manager magazin wrote that Steingart's failed projects like the Handelsblatt Global Edition led to losses of a good 15 million euros - especially Holtzbrinck's supervisory board chairman Grabner no longer wanted to accept that. In addition, Steingart tore down the usual boundaries between the editorial team and the publisher with its extremely extensive advertising business.

The Handelsblatt has been published in tabloid format since November 2009 . The commercial app Handelsblatt First was launched in 2011 and was replaced in 2013 by the commercial app Handelsblatt Live. In 2016 the paid app Handelsblatt 10 was published and in 2018 both apps were discontinued in favor of the regular Handelsblatt app as part of the introduction of a new paid content strategy.

In September 2014, the Handelsblatt Global Edition was launched, a paid English-language digital edition of the newspaper. At the end of 2018 it was converted into the free Handelsblatt Today, which was discontinued at the end of February 2019.

In October 2014, the Handelsblatt came with the Handelsblatt Magazin as a supplement for the first time. The magazine appears several times a year and highlights "the beautiful and personal sides of business". Editor-in-chief is Thomas Tuma .

The Handelsblatt Media Group is divided into three journalistic business areas: print, digital and live events. The Media Group also awards numerous prizes, including the German Business Book Prize, which has been awarded since 2007, for the best business book of the year. Other prizes include the “Hall of Fame for Family Businesses”.


From the mid-1990s, starting with Handelsblatt and Wirtschaftswoche , numerous objects belonging to the Handelsblatt Media Group and their information offer went online. The digital activities have been expanded over the years and formed the second important business area alongside print.

From 2011 to 2015 Oliver Stock was editor-in-chief of the online presence Handelsblatt Online (www.handelsblatt.com), replacing Sven Scheffler.

As part of the editorial reform, Handelsblatt Online was merged with the print editorial team in 2015. The newly created editorial team is organized in four departments (company, business & politics, finance and agenda) and works for all technical platforms. Oliver Stock was appointed to the chief editor. In 2017 he left the Handelsblatt Media Group.

Handelsblatt Online initially relied on a freemium model, in which the website content was available free of charge or partially behind the paywall. In May 2018, the Handelsblatt introduced a new paid content strategy. All texts, videos, research tools and infographics were chargeable.


The Handelsblatt , like most German newspapers in recent years to rest lost. After the launch of the rival paper Financial Times Deutschland , which was discontinued at the end of 2012, in 2000, the sold circulation fell by around 15 percent, but was able to maintain this level until 2012. It is currently 120,005 copies. The circulation sold has fallen by an average of 0.3% per year over the past 10 years. In contrast, it rose by 4.7% last year. The share of subscriptions in the circulation sold is 71.3 percent.

Development of the number of copies sold
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Web links

Individual evidence

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  2. Jakobs is going to Munich as Senior Editor , Kress.de, accessed on March 12, 2016.
  3. according to IVW ( details on ivw.eu )
  4. On our own behalf: Europe's best - special award for the Handelsblatt . ( handelsblatt.com [accessed November 28, 2018]).
  5. GPRA trust index: Established media on the rise - GPRA e. V. In: GPRA e. V. December 19, 2016 ( gpra.de [accessed November 28, 2018]).
  6. Media tenor - SPIEGEL is clearly ahead of BILD, most cited, HANDELSBLATT grew the most in 2018 . ( mediatenor.com [accessed November 28, 2018]).
  7. "Hans Mundorf: Streiter für Gerechtigkeit" , obituary for Mundorf in the Handelsblatt, February 2009
  8. Generation change at Handelsblatt: Thomas Knipp and Bernd Ziesemer take over editor-in-chief. In: vhb.de. Handelsblatt Media Group, archived from the original on February 7, 2013 ; Retrieved August 19, 2016 .
  9. ^ "Change in the editor-in-chief of the Handelsblatt" , Handelsblatt, February 3, 2010
  10. Handelsblatt editor-in-chief Steingart becomes managing director . In: Handelsblatt online, accessed on November 4, 2012
  11. On his own behalf: Sven Afhüppe becomes the sole editor-in-chief of Handelsblatt. In: handelsblatt.com. November 18, 2015, accessed August 19, 2016 .
  12. Markus Brauck, Isabell Hülsen , Veit Medick , Martin U. Müller : Controversial Martin Schulz text: Gabor Steingart before being replaced by the "Handelsblatt" . In: Spiegel Online . February 8, 2018 ( spiegel.de [accessed February 20, 2018]).
  13. Markus Brauck, Klaus Brinkbäumer , Dinah Deckstein, Isabell Hülsen , Martin U. Müller : Im Kampfe . In: Der Spiegel . No. 8 , 2018, p. 76-77 ( online ).
  14. Philipp Alvares de Souza Soares: A ship, a showman and many questions . In: manager magazin . December 19, 2019 ( manager-magazin.de [accessed January 16, 2020]).
  15. ^ "Handelsblatt" will be published in tabloid format spiegel.de, August 8, 2009
  16. Handelsblatt app: “First” content for the iPad meedia.de, January 17, 2011
  17. App newspaper: VHB launches Handelsblatt Live meedia.de, March 4, 2013
  18. With the ten most important topics of the day: Handelsblatt launches new news app meedia.de, April 26, 2016
  19. Handelsblatt relies on premium strategy handelsblattgroup.com, 23 May 2018
  20. German economic and financial news for the US market: Handelsblatt launches Global Edition meedia.de, September 2, 2014
  21. German News in English - the crux of the matter with translations Morgenpost.de, November 2, 2018
  22. Off for Steingarts Today and planned job cuts: Handelsblatt publishing group confirms savings course meedia.de, February 14, 2019
  23. Luxury supplement: Handelsblatt launches Handelsblatt magazine ›Meedia. Retrieved November 28, 2018 .
  24. Business Book Prize 2012: The Economy of Good and Evil. In: handelsblatt.com. Retrieved August 19, 2016 .
  25. ^ Hall of Fame of German Entrepreneurship 2012. In: handelsblatt.com. Archived from the original on January 31, 2012 ; Retrieved August 19, 2016 .
  26. Oliver Stock becomes the new editor-in-chief of Handelsblatt.com. In: horizont.net. Retrieved August 19, 2016 .
  27. “Have the toughest paywall among all supraregional”: Handelsblatt digital boss Matthes on the new paid strategy ›Meedia. Retrieved November 27, 2018 .
  28. according to IVW , second quarter 2020, Mon-Fri ( details and quarterly comparison on ivw.eu )
  29. according to IVW ( online )
  30. according to IVW , fourth quarter in each case ( details on ivw.eu )
  31. according to IVW , fourth quarter in each case ( details on ivw.eu )