Condé Nast moves beyond print in profit squeeze

Pre-tax profits at UK arm tumbled 16% to £8.8 million last year

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Even magazines giant Condé Nast is feeling the squeeze as the publisher of Vogue and GQ diversifies beyond print by investing more in technology, ecommerce and education.

Pre-tax profits at UK arm Condé Nast Publications tumbled 16 per cent to £8.8 million last year, with revenues dipping 6.3 per cent to  £110 million.

Turnover fell partly because Condé Nast axed the print  edition of Easy Living and turned it online only.

“Increased investment” included £2.9 million on property as the company set up the Condé Nast College of Fashion and Design in Soho and £700,000 on technology.


The accounts noted its magazines have “experienced a remarkable stability in circulation, emphasising the loyalty of upmarket readers”. London-based parent Condé Nast International, which operates in France, Italy, Spain and Germany, moved back into the black with a £1 million pre-tax profit on sales of £413 million.

The group spent  £7.8 million for a stake in London fashion ecommerce site Farfetch and £6.2 million for a holding in French online second-hand clothes “market place” Vestiaire.