Reuters: Pearson’s U.S. Textbook Sales Will Be Down 20% This Year According to CEO
In an echo of Pearson’s past profit warnings, the world’s biggest education company said on Thursday that while 75% of its sales continued to grow, U.S. higher education courseware revenue was set to fall as much as 12% in 2019.
This compared with a forecast 5% drop from the British education company, which has cut 16,000 jobs and restructured over six years to sell textbooks and courseware online, after a rapid move to digital sales sparked repeated profit warnings.
“We thought that textbook sales would be down 10% this year, it looks like now they’re going to be down 20%,” Chief Executive John Fallon told reporters. “That is painful for this year’s guidance but what it means is we’re just getting to the future state of this business more quickly.”
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.