April 7, 2017: Today the Financial Times publishes the FT1000 list identifying companies across Europe with exceptionally strong sales growth, in partnership with Statista. The inaugural ranking names London as Europe’s main hub for innovation and ecommerce even as the UK prepares to leave the EU.

The FT1000 highlights Europe’s fastest growing companies from 2012- 2015, ranked by revenue increase. The list comprises companies from 24 European countries, led by Germany and the UK, which are represented most prominently (23.6% and 23.5% respectively), followed by Italy (18.6%), France (13.9%) and Spain (10.2%).

FT1000 special report editor Owen Walker said: “This extensive investigation sheds light on some relatively unknown companies that play an important role in the European economy. Most of the companies are not stock listed and therefore do not have to report their revenue figures, which is why they haven’t been a focus for the European business press.”

Hamburg-based Statista, a statistics portal and market research firm, gathered and analysed the data for the FT1000 list. Friedrich Schwandt, Statista’s managing-director and founder, said: “We combed through millions of public and semi-public records, sent out tens of thousands of letters and asked the CEOs and CFOs of thousands of applicants to confirm data. The magnitude of this project was enormous and certainly belongs to the most ambitious projects in our 10 year history.”

The interactive ranking has been published today on FT.com/ft1000 and the accompanying FT special report will appear in the UK and European editions of the newspaper on April 24.

 

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For further information, please contact:

FT: Catherine Goacher | catherine.goacher@ft.com | +44 (0) 20 7873 4181

Statista: Thorsten Wiese | thorsten.wiese@statista.com | +49 (0) 40 284 841 555

 

About the Financial Times

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. In 2016 the FT passed a significant milestone in its digital transformation as digital and services revenues overtook print revenues for the first time. The FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of 850,000 and makes 60% of revenues from its journalism.

About Statista

Statista is one of the world’s leading providers of data and business intelligence. It operates the portal statista.com where subscribers can access statistics from over 18,000 sources. The vast pool of data is available in English, German, French and Spanish. Statista also does individual market research projects for corporate clients and media companies.

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