Blog: Dave LeggettEconomist Intelligence Unit

Dave Leggett | 10 November 2003

We've got someone coming into the office from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) today for a bit of a chat about areas of possible cooperation. I used to work at the EIU in its automotive publications division, so I'm always interested to hear the latest from the old place. There's a little history too. For those that don't know, the EIU decided to sell/close its industries divisions (including automotive) back in 2000 and concentrate on its core activity - country analysis. I was pretty upset at the time - it's not fun to be treated as a fixture and fitting and put in the 'for sale' catalogue. But what really rankled was the lack of opportunity, as I saw it at the time, to put the case for the defence. Country analysis is not enough on its own, I said back then. People want more depth and to 'drill down'. But the politics behind the decision was a bit bigger than that and it was a lost cause. And now I find that the EIU is, surprise, surprise, revisiting industries coverage - including automotive. But, as someone once said, 'don't look back'. Not too much anyway.

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