UK education group and publisher Pearson will cut3000 jobs and has slashed its interim dividend asthe group ploughs ahead with a 300m cost-savingefforts.
The group, which reported its biggest ever loss lastyear, said it will reduce its full-time employeeheadcount “with a particular focus on managerialpositions, centralisation of procurement and thereduction of office locations”.
The FTSE 100 company will also slash its interim dividend from 18p to 5p – in line with analystforecasts. The former owner of the Financial Times reported a 1 per cent rise in sales in the sixmonths ending in June to 2.047bn compared to the same period last year.
Last month, Pearson announced it was selling down its remaining stake in publisher PenguinRandom House to Germany’s Bertelsmann, raising over $1bn as it seeks to move towardsbecoming a more focussed education group.
上月，培生发表发出产将把所持出产版商企鹅兰登书屋(Penguin Random House)的剩股权的壹派断出产特价而沽给道德国的贝塔斯曼(Bertelsmann)，筹集儿子逾10亿美元。培生正寻寻求转型为壹家更专注教养育的集儿子团弄，期望在2019岁末儿子前节增补本钱3亿英镑。
First half operating profits also jumped from 15 to 107, with revenues climbing 10 per cent to2.04bn. Pearson’s full-year guidance was unchanged.
Chief executive John Fallon said:
Pearson has had a solid first half. We are making good progress on our strategic priorities andour guidance for 2017 remains unchanged. We are focused on maximising performancethrough the critical second half.