May 23, 2022

Reuters: Pearson’s U.S. Textbook Sales Will Be Down 20% This Year According to CEO

From Reuters: 

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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