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A smart guide to the forces that shape the future, readers can access their essential global briefing on current affairs, business, finance, economics, science, technology and the arts from The Economist each week.

Download the free app to:

- Enjoy three free articles a week, including the cover leader
- Stay up to date on US & global issues, political developments, business and financial news
- Get comprehensive economic reports, a regular briefing on current affairs, science and tech articles and news on cultural affairs
- Enjoy the content of the weekly newspaper in an easy-to-use format
- Save articles to read offline later
- Save and share your favourite articles via email and social media
-Get alerts when the new issue is available along with notifications on cover stories, breaking news and analysis.

Download the free app now and have the latest US and international news, business reports, political commentary and financial analysis at your fingertips, as well as insight into the world of arts and cultural affairs.

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Key sections and benefits include:

• Each week’s issue available from 9pm London time every Thursday, with authoritative insight into the latest news about current affairs, from Brexit and the Trump administration, to big business mergers and driverless cars, and much more
• Download each issue to your device and read offline. Wherever you are, you can catch up on insightful news articles on current affairs from all around the world including US, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas
• Switch easily between reading and listening with The Economist in Audio. Download the audio edition to listen to each week’s issue of The Economist, read by professional broadcasters
• Purchase single issues in the app for world-renowned business news and economy coverage, including economic and financial indicators, world GDP data plus much more
• Store and access back issues
• Subscribe within the app and get full access to Economist.com and The Economist apps
• Share articles via e-mail, Twitter and Facebook
• The app presents a great digital native reading experience for readers allowing for font size changes, Night Mode and other convenient user friendly qualities.
• The World in 2018 is now available within The Economist app. Install the app and scroll down through the issues to The World in 2018. Find out how big thinkers, industry leaders and Economist journalists predict 2018 will unfold.

In today’s changing world, the one thing that’s certain is uncertainty. Make sense of it all with The Economist.

• Purchase a quarterly subscription to the full edition of The Economist for USD $45.99 or an annual subscription for USD $189.99.
• Subscribe annually, quarterly or buy a single issue. You will be charged in your local currency at the prevailing exchange rate as defined by iTunes.
• Payment is charged to your iTunes account upon confirmation of purchase.
• Annual and quarterly subscriptions automatically renew. You can manage auto-renew of your subscription from your iTunes account settings at any time, but must be turned off at least 24 hours before the end of the current period to avoid being charged again.
• The app may offer a free trial. At the end of the free trial period, the full price of the subscription will be charged thereafter. Cancellations must occur 24 hours before the end of the subscription period to avoid being charged. Visit http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4098 for more information.
• Full terms of use can be found at http://www.economist.com/legal/terms-of-use.

Simply search for The Economist in the App Store to download the app for free.

Please note that this app requires iOS 8.0 and above. We recommend you update to the latest version of iOS to receive the best possible experience.

What's New

Version 4.1

- Added support for The World in 2018
- App should remember your place more frequently
- Various bug fixes and performance improvements

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5

9K Ratings

9K Ratings

Functionally illiterate reader

Ed burtner

Rev4 poor interface design. It allows one to read the content but the design functionality is poor and a step backwards from the previous design. It allows one to read the content but really misses the mark in functionality. It doesn't seem that the designer actually uses the magazine app or that the Economist understands how to develop their reader technology in a continual process. Complete "redesigns" aren't automatic improvements. This is a good example of the pitfalls of that approach.

Examples of issues. The app goes back to the cover if I switch out to other apps and loses place in article. Articles give no indication of length or where reader is within the article. The jump from content screen to article is sluggish and unresponsive, requiring several re-touches to open a section. And, the silliness of forcing the initial ad to be swiped away every time I go back to the app is an example of the dull mentality that seems inherent in the design of the app.

great news, modest app


Obviously the content of the economist comes over to the app and provides the interesting and informative reporting that it is known for. Reading it is brisk, effective, and without flaws. And the ability to listen to it being read to you means you can have a radio like news report of a much higher quality than any news you’ll hear over the radio. However, when you switch away from the application or put your phone to sleep the app regularly does not come back to where it left off in the audio but starts over at the beginning of either the story or often the entire audio edition and you have to go hunting for your lost place again.

Steady She Goes


The Economist has for several decades been one of my favorite publications. It is reliable and steadfast as a source of both solid information and frequently compelling opinions.
I don’t always agree with those opinions, but I respect the venue which puts those perspectives into black and white. That is the point, isn’t it. Let well thought out and well articulated points of view be published for the sake of stimulating intelligent dialogue.
That being said, I would like to see more incisive discussions regarding our decaying global environment, which after two centuries of industrial assault is becoming dangerously close to irreversible decline. If the environment of Earth is bankrupted by our abuse, exploitation and neglect, we may all find ourselves to be homeless.


The Economist Newspaper Group Inc.
23.8 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
Copyright © The Economist Newspaper Limited 2017
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