About IBR

The Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR) is a quarterly survey of business leaders from across the globe. Launched in 1992 in nine European countries, the report now surveys more than 12,000 businesses in 45 economies on an annual basis, providing insight into the economic and commercial issues affecting both listed and privately-held businesses.

Data collection

Data collection is managed by Grant Thornton International's core research partner - Experian. Questionnaires are translated into local languages with each participating country having the option to ask a small number of country specific questions in addition to the core questionnaire. Fieldwork is undertaken on a quarterly basis. The research is carried out primarily by telephone. 


IBR is a survey of mid-market listed and privately held businesses. The definition of the mid-market varies by country; for example a mid-market business in the EU would typically have 50-499 employees. The target respondents are chief executive officers, managing directors, chairmen or other senior executives.

Participating economies

Region/group Ecnomies included in IBR

Asia-Pacific (APAC)


Australia, Hong Kong, India, Japan, China (mainland), Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam


Brazil, Russia, India, China (mainland)

Eastern Europe Armenia, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Turkey

European Union (EU)

Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom


Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom, United States

Latin America

Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Peru


Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden

North America

Canada, United States


Botswana, South Africa, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates