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Handelsblatt front page of the first issue
Type Daily newspaper
Format Compact
Owner(s)Handelsblatt Media Group
Editor Sebastian Matthes
Founded16 May 1946; 78 years ago (1946-05-16)
Political alignment Economic liberalism
Language German
Headquarters Düsseldorf
Circulation127,546 (Print, 2018)
42,000 (Digital, 2018)
ISSN 0017-7296

The Handelsblatt (literally "commerce paper" in English) is a German-language business newspaper published in Düsseldorf by Handelsblatt Media Group, formerly known as Verlagsgruppe Handelsblatt. [1]

History and profile

Handelsblatt was established in 1946 by journalist Herbert Gross, but after some months Friedrich Vogel (1902–1976) became publisher. [2] [3] In 1969, Georg von Holtzbrinck became partner of Friedrich Vogel. Since 2021, its editor-in-chief is Sebastian Matthes. [4] Its publisher, Handelsblatt Media Group, also publishes the weekly business magazine Wirtschaftswoche [5] of which the editor-in-chief is Beat Balzli. [6] Handelsblatt's headquarters are in Düsseldorf. [7]

Since September 2005 Handelsblatt has been offering an online lexicon called WirtschaftsWiki [8] 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. [9] The paper is published in compact format. [10]

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. [11]

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. [12] 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. [13] 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. [14]

Anti-Vaccine controversy

On the 25th of January 2021, Handelsblatt published an unsourced story falsely claiming that the Oxford-Astrazeneca COVID-19 vaccine was only 8% effective in over 65's. Astrazeneca and the University of Oxford issued statements denying these claims. [15] [16] This story was refuted by the German Health Ministry which clarified that 8% actually referred to the number of people in the study between 56 and 69 years old. [17] [18] [19] Markus Lehmkuhl, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology's Professor for Science Communication, stated that Handelsblatt "turned the matter into a 'he says, she says' story to absolve itself of responsibility for spreading stupid stuff." [20]



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  11. ^ "IVW - Informationsgemeinschaft zur Feststellung der Verbreitung von Werbeträgern e.V". Archived from the original on 17 December 2014. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
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  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ "AstraZeneca says reports of 8% coronavirus vaccine efficacy in seniors are 'incorrect'". Global News. Retrieved 26 January 2021.
  16. ^ Boytchev, Hristio (12 February 2021). "Why did a German newspaper insist the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine was inefficacious for older people—without evidence?". BMJ. 372: n414. doi: 10.1136/bmj.n414. ISSN  1756-1833. PMID  33579678.
  17. ^ "German paper's excruciating Oxford vaccine muddle | the Spectator". Retrieved 26 January 2021.
  18. ^ "Pandemie-Bekämpfung: Rückschlag bei Corona-Impfstoff: Astra-Zeneca-Vakzin wirkt bei Senioren offenbar kaum". (in German). Retrieved 26 January 2021.
  19. ^ Correspondent, Joe Barnes, Brussels (26 January 2021). "German Health Ministry DENIES bombshell vaccine claims – says Berlin paper messed up stats". Retrieved 26 January 2021.{{ cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list ( link)
  20. ^ Boytchev, Hristio (2021). "Why did a German newspaper insist the Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccine was inefficacious for older people—without evidence?". BMJ. 372: n414. doi: 10.1136/bmj.n414. PMID  33579678. S2CID  231884653.