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Business Information Markets 2008-2009


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Since 1979, professionals tracking the online content industry have relied on Business Information Markets for an accurate and unbiased inside look at the industry — from the latest mergers and acquisitions, to subscriber growth estimates, to the technology trends that are constantly reshaping the dynamic market for creating and distributing content to business professionals.

This report covers all business information services that provide content, delivered through proprietary online networks, the Internet and handheld wireless devices. It contains the market intelligence needed to evaluate current trends affecting the information industry, and to get an inside track on where future growth is forecast to occur.

No other report delivers as comprehensive and all-encompassing an overview and outlook, broken out by 10 major vertical segments: general news and research, financial, brokerage, credit, legal, tax, public records, health care, marketing and other online information services.

Business Information Markets 2008-2009 also includes more than 20 detailed company profiles of leading business/professional online content providers, such as Reed Elsevier, Dow Jones, Hoover’s, Reuters, WebMD and more.


Stamford, Conn. - May 11, 2009 - The global recession will lead to slower growth in online business information markets in 2009 as a bunker mentality takes hold across many of the vertical markets that drive demand for online services, according to the latest report from Simba Information, a leading media industry forecast and analysis firm.

Business Information Markets 2008-2009 provides market sizing, strategic and competitive analysis, forecasts and critical insight into the markets for financial, credit, current awareness news and research, marketing, legal, tax, public record and health information.

The business information market has been growing in the 5% to 7% range for the past several years. However, total revenue growth in 2009 is projected to come in at 2% to $45.9 billion, the lowest since these markets collectively posted 1.8% growth in 2004.

While the projected growth for 2009 may be a disappointment compared to prior years, the fact that the industry is still growing at a time when so many businesses are faltering is a good sign. As the information revolution advances, the emphasis has moved away from the mass delivery of data and the technology used to accomplish that to finding meaning in information. Business leaders, who have more information flying at them than ever before, need to drill down to find the bits of knowledge that will make a difference to their company’s bottom line. This transition creates opportunity for astute business information providers that can develop added-value solutions.

Therefore, the long term outlook is positive. Simba Information projects that the market will grow at a compound annual rate of 4.4% through 2012 reaching $53.5 billion.

The financial and marketing information segments account for 55.3% of the total market for online business information. Both segments continue to post healthy sales, with financial information recording $16 billion in 2008 and marketing $8.5 billion. However, Simba anticipates both segments will feel the brunt of the economic slowdown. Growth in financial information will slow to 1.3% in 2009 and marketing growth will slow to 2.4% in 2009.

The market for electronic health care information continues to be a bright spot, growing at a compound annual rate of 10.1% between 2006 and 2008. In health care, the use of PDAs is continuing to grow, and handhelds have become a necessity for clinicians who need immediate access to research and data.

The newly released Simba report provides an overview and financial outlook for business information markets based on specific research and analysis of the leading competitors and market performance in six industry verticals.

  • Methodology
  • Executive Summary
  • Market Overview
    • Introduction
      • Table Online Services Definitions
    • Market Structure
      • Credit Information Services
      • Current Awareness News & Research Services
      • Financial Information Services
      • Legal, Tax & Public Record Services
      • Marketing Information Services
      • Health Care Information Services
        • Table Global Online Services Market Size by Market Segment, 2006-2008E ($ in millions)
      • Other Online Information Services (formerly Vertical Market Services)
    • Market Size
      • Online Service Sales Reach $43.3 Billion in 2007
        • Table Online Services Market Share and Revenue by Market Segment, 2005-2007E ($ in millions)
      • Online Paid Subscriptions Climb to 15.3 Million in 2007
        • Table Online Subscriber Growth by Market, 2005-2008E
    • Market Trends and Analysis
      • Table ISP Subscriber Survey, 2006-2008
  • Financial Information Services
    • Introduction
      • Table Selected Online Brokerage Information Services by Market
    • Brokerage Data
      • Table Brokerage Information Sales of Leading Companies, 2007 vs. 2006 ($ in millions)
      • Brokerage Information Segment Grew in the Calm Before the Storm
        • Table Market Share for the Top Three Online Brokerage Information Services vs. All Others, 2007
      • Brokerage Information Subscriptions Up 3.9% in 2007
        • Table Bloomberg Subscriber Growth, 1997-2007
        • Table Brokerage & Financial Information Services Online Subscriber Survey, 2007
    • Financial News and Research Services
      • Table Selected Online Financial News & Research Services
      • Financial News and Research Sales Increase 10.5% in 2007
        • Table Financial News & Research Electronic Information Sales, 2007 vs. 2006
      • Financial News and Research Subscriber Base Expands Quickly
        • Table Financial News & Research Services Subscriber Growth, 2007 vs. 2006
    • Mergers and Acquisitions in the Financial Information Market
      • Thomson Reuters Deal Could Create Competition
        • Table Financial Information Segment M&A Activity, January 2007-August 2008
      • Murdoch Reels in Dow Jones
      • Other Deals of Note
    • Issues and Trends in the Financial Information Market
      • China Settles with WTO Over Regulation of Financial Information Providers
      • New Technologies Could Bring New Competition
    • Forecast
      • Table Financial Information Services Sales, 2003-2012P
      • Financial Forecast
  • Credit Information Services
    • Introduction
      • Table Selected Credit Information Providers
    • Credit Information Sales Climb 11.4% in 2007
      • Consumer Credit Segment
        • Table Global Online Credit Information Sales, 2006 vs. 2007
      • Business Credit Segment
    • Long-Term Lawsuits Settled
    • Global Trend in M&A Activity
    • Consumer Product Rollout Continues
    • Forecast
      • Forecast Assumptions
        • Table Online Credit Information Services Sales, 2003-2012P
      • Financial Forecast
  • Current Awareness News & Research
    • Introduction
      • Table Selected Online News & Research Services
    • Market Size and Structure
      • Table Current Awareness News & Research Online Sales Growth, 2006-2008 ($ in millions)
    • Subscriber Growth Rises 5.3% in 2007
      • Table Current Awareness News & Research Online Subscriber Growth, 2006-2008E
    • Mergers & Acquisitions
      • Table Key Current Awareness News & Research M&A Activity, January 2007-May 2008
    • Current Awareness News & Research Services: Product Development
      • Table Key Business Information Product Launches, January 2007-January 2008
      • Reputation Management Drives Product Development
      • CANR Companies Delve Into Social Networking
      • Smaller Players Expand
    • Current Awareness News & Research Services: Trends
      • CANR Advertising Sales Climb 37% in 2007
        • Table Current Awareness News & Research Advertising Sales Growth, 2007 vs. 2006
      • Thomson Dismantles Business Intelligence Operations
    • Forecast
      • Table Current Awareness News & Research Online Sales, 2003-2012P
      • Financial Forecast
  • Legal, Tax & Public Record Information
    • Introduction
      • Table Key Legal, Tax & Public Record Online Services
    • General Law
      • Table Market Leaders' Electronic General Law Revenue, 2007 vs. 2006 ($ in 000)
      • Thomson Reuters
      • LexisNexis
      • Wolters Kluwer
      • BNA
      • Law.com
    • Tax Law
      • Table Market Leaders' Electronic Tax Law Revenue, 2007 vs. 2006 ($ in 000)
      • Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting
      • Thomson Reuters
      • BNA Tax and Accounting
    • Public Record Information
      • ChoicePoint
      • LexisNexis
    • Federal and State Government Documents and Regulations
    • Leading Information Providers
      • Thomson Reuters
        • Table Legal, Tax & Public Record Revenue, 2007 vs. 20061 ($ in 000)
      • Wolters Kluwer
      • LexisNexis
      • ChoicePoint
      • BNA
    • Subscription Trends
      • Table Legal, Tax & Public Record Online Service Subscribers, 2005-2007E
    • Sales Forecast
      • Table Online Legal, Tax & Public Record Services Sales, 2003-2012P
  • Marketing Information
    • Introduction
    • Audience Rating Services
      • Table Selected Audience Rating Services
      • Table Selected Marketing Information Providers
    • List Compilers
      • Table Selected Product Marketing Information Services
    • Product Marketing Information Services
    • Marketing Information Sales Grow 7% in 2007
      • Table Sales of Leading Marketing Information Companies, 2007 vs. 2006
    • infoGROUP Paces M&A Activity
      • Table Marketing Information Segment M&A Activity, 2007
    • Forecast
      • Table Online Marketing Information Sales, 2003-2012P
      • Sales Forecast
  • Health Care Information
    • Introduction
      • Table Key Online Health Care Services
    • Leading Health Care Information Providers
      • Elsevier Health Sciences
        • Table Leading Global Health Care Information Providers by Online Revenue, 2006-2008E ($ in 000)
      • Wolters Kluwer Health
      • WebMD
      • Thomson Reuters Healthcare
      • Springer Science+Business Media
      • John Wiley & Sons
      • Informa
      • Epocrates
      • UpToDate
      • McGraw-Hill
    • Key Trends in Health Care Information
      • Microsoft an Emerging Player in Health Care
    • Sales Forecast
      • Table Online Health Care Information Sales, 2003-2012P
  • Conclusions and Market Forecast
    • Introduction
    • Online Information Market Projected to Reach $53.5 Billion in 2012
      • Table Total Online Business Information Sales, 2003-2012P ($ in millions)
      • Table Online Services Market Forecast, 2008-2012P ($ in millions)
  • Company Profiles
    • Acxiom Corp.
      • Table Key Statistics: Acxiom
      • Table Financial Overview: Acxiom, Fiscal 2006-2008 ($ in 000)
    • Bloomberg L.P.
      • Table Key Statistics: Bloomberg
      • Table Financial Overview: Bloomberg L.P., 2006-2008E ($ in 000)
    • The Bureau of National Affairs Inc.
      • Table Key Statistics: The Bureau of National Affairs
      • Table Financial Overview: Bureau of National Affairs, 2006-2008E ($ in 000)
    • Business Wire
      • Table Key Statistics: Business Wire
      • Table Financial Overview: Business Wire, 2006-2008E ($ in 000)
    • Comtex News Network Inc.
      • Table Key Statistics: Comtex
      • Table Financial Overview: Comtex, Fiscal 2006-2008 ($ in 000)
    • Cortera
      • Table Key Statistics: Cortera
      • Table Financial Overview: Cortera, 2006-2007E ($ in 000)
    • Dow Jones & Co.
      • Table Key Statistics: Dow Jones & Co.
      • Table Financial Overview: Dow Jones, 2006-2008E ($ in 000)
    • D&B
      • Table Key Statistics: D&B
      • Table Financial Overview: D&B, 2006-2008 ($ in 000)
    • EDGAR Online
      • Table Key Statistics: EDGAR Online
      • Table Financial Overview: EDGAR Online, 2006-2008 ($ in 000)
    • Epocrates Inc.
      • Table Key Statistics: Epocrates
      • Table Financial Overview: Epocrates Inc., 2006-2008E ($ in 000)
    • Equifax Inc.
      • Table Key Statistics: Equifax Inc.
      • Table Financial Overview: Equifax 2006-2008 ($ in 000)
    • Experian
      • Table Key Statistics: Experian
      • Table Financial Overview: Experian, Fiscal 2007-2009P ($ in 000)
    • FactSet Research Systems Inc.
      • Table Key Statistics: FactSet Research
      • Table Financial Overview: FactSet Research, Fiscal 2006-2008 ($ in 000)
    • infoGROUP
      • Table Key Statistics: infoGROUP
      • Table Financial Overview: infoGROUP, 2006-2008 ($ in 000)
    • The McGraw-Hill Cos.
      • Table Key Statistics: McGraw-Hill
      • Table Financial Overview: McGraw-Hill, 2006-2008 ($ in 000)
    • The Nielsen Co.
      • Table Key Statistics: The Nielsen Co.
      • Table Financial Overview: The Nielsen Co., 2006-2008 ($ in 000)
    • Pearson PLC
      • Table Key Statistics: Pearson PLC
      • Table Financial Overview: Pearson, 2006-2008 ($ in 000)
    • PR Newswire
      • Table Key Statistics: PR Newswire
      • Table Financial Overview: PR Newswire 2006-2008E ($ in 000)
    • Reed Elsevier
      • Table Key Statistics: Reed Elsevier
      • Table Financial Overview: Reed Elsevier, 2006-2008 ($ in 000)
    • TheStreet.com
      • Table Key Statistics: TheStreet.com
      • Table Financial Overview: TheStreet.com, 2006-2008 ($ in 000)
    • Thomson Reuters
      • Table Key Statistics: Thomson Reuters
      • Table Financial Overview: Thomson Reuters, 2006-2008 ($ in 000)
    • Track Data Corp.
      • Table Key Statistics: Track Data
      • Table Financial Overview: Track Data, 2006-2008E ($ in 000)
    • TransUnion
      • Table Key Statistics: TransUnion
      • Table Financial Overview: TransUnion, 2006E-2008E ($ in 000)
    • WebMD Health Corp.
      • Table Key Statistics: WebMD Health Corp.
      • Table Financial Overview: WebMD Health, 2006-2008 ($ in 000)
    • Wolters Kluwer
      • Table Key Statistics: Wolters Kluwer
      • Table Financial Overview: Wolters Kluwer, 2006-2008 ($ in 000)

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