German publisher buys into Indian press group

August 26th, 2008 - 7:55 pm ICT by IANS  

Frankfurt, Aug 26 (DPA) German publishing house Deutsche Fachverlag (DFV) has acquired a 26-percent stake in Indian publishing group Images Multimedia, a spokesman for DFV has announced.”The Indian market is still at the beginning of its development, and offers great growth opportunities,” said Rolf Griesbach, spokesman for DFV’s management, in Frankfurt Tuesday.

The Delhi-based firm owns nine trade journals, and specializes in fashion and consumer titles, employing some 140 staff. The company’s revenues for the 2007-2008 financial year totalled 6.1 million euros ($9 million).

By comparison DFV publishes ninety trade titles, employs 840 staff and earned revenues of over 133 million euros ($194 million) in the last financial year. It is the one of the largest independent specialised media publishers in Europe.

The firm earned around 19 percent of its revenues last year abroad.

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