Information Industry to Surpass $400 Billion in 2007, says Outsell

The information industry worldwide will reach $458 billion in revenues in by 2009, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.4% from 2006-2009, according to research firm Outsell.

Industry sectors like search and market research, powered by companies like Google, Yahoo!, VNU, and IMS Health, will be among the high-growth segments. Outsell predicts that:

  • Search, Aggregation and Syndication will achieve a CAGR of 17.3% over the next three years, reaching $68 billion in revenues by 2009
  • Market Research, Reports & Services achieves a CAGR of 11.3% and revenues of $39.7 billion by 2009
  • News publishers will experience just 1% growth through 2009 and see their industry market share decline from 37% to 30.5%.
  • B2B Trade Publishing and Company Information Firms will generate $28.2 Billion in Revenue for  by 2009
  • Scientific, Technical & Medical (STM) Information Companies will have $25.5 Billion in Revenue for  by 2009

Outsell’s FutureFacts report looks at 11 segments—Search, Aggregation & Syndication; Market Research, Reports & Services; IT Research, Reports & Services; HR; Credit & Financial; Education & Training; Scientific, Technical & Medical; Legal, Tax & Regulatory; B2B Trade Publishing & Company Information; Yellow Pages & Directories; and News Providers & Publishers.

The dominant players in B2B Trade Publishing and Company Information are Reed Elsevier, IDG, and United Business Media. Combined, they make up more than 25% of the market. Others in the top 10 include Experian, VNU, Daily Mail & General Trust (DMGT), The D&B Corporation, Emap, Informa, and Hearst Business Media. The fastest growing in 2005, out of those with $200 million or more in revenue, are Informa, Experian, and CNET. Leader Board and Rising Star organizations whose innovation, agility and market focus are driving growth include Hearst Business Media, CMP Media, GlobalSpec, TechTarget, McGraw-Hill, AllBusiness, infoUSA, Hoover’s and Zoom Information.

Outsell forecasts a compound annual growth rate of 7.2% through 2009, to reach $25.5 billion in revenue for Scientific, Technical & Medical Information Companies. Rising Stars and Leader Board organizations whose innovation, agility and market focus are driving growth include IHS, Nature Publishing Group (NPG), CSA, WebMD Health Corporation, GlobalSpec, A.D.A.M., and Zynx Health. The top 10 STM companies include Elsevier, Thomson Scientific and Healthcare, Wolters Kluwer Health, Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck Gmbh, Springer Science + Business Media, American Heart Association, Inc., WesternGeco, IHS, Inc., American Chemical Society (ACS), and John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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