Magazine Publishers Industry Profile

Report Page Length: 10-12
Last Quarterly Update: 11/5/2018
SIC Codes: 2721
NAICS Codes: 51112
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Companies in this industry produce and distribute magazines and other print and electronic periodicals. Major US companies include Meredith, Advance Magazine Publishers (doing business as Condé Nast), Hearst, and International Data Group. Outside the US, major companies include Arnoldo Mondadori Editore (Italy), Bauer Media Group (Germany), Gruner + Jahr (Germany), and Sanoma (Finland).

Worldwide revenue for the consumer magazine market, a major component of the magazine publishing industry, is about $95 billion, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. Emerging markets are growing the fastest, with India leading the pack due to its growing middle class and rising ownership of digital devices, driving increased readership of online magazine content.

The US magazine publishing industry includes about 5,800 establishments (single-location companies and units of multi-location companies) with combined annual revenue of about $27 billion.


Demand for magazines is driven largely by growth in consumer income. The profitability of individual companies depends highly on marketing expertise. Small companies can compete by specializing in niche topics and markets, while larger companies benefit from a wide selection of magazine titles to offer advertisers. Large companies also have economies of scale in production and distribution. The US industry is concentrated: the 50 largest companies generate about 60% of revenue.

Magazines compete with a variety of print, online, and broadcast media for consumer attention and advertising dollars.


General interest magazines account for about 60% of industry revenue; arts and leisure magazines, 25%; ...

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