- Sales up 14%* to £1.965bn;
- Adjusted operating profit up 38% to £124m;
- Adjusted EPS up to 5.6p (from 3.1p in H107);
- Interim dividend raised 6.3% to 11.8p.
- Long-term investment strategy paying off
- Education sales up 17% and first-half profit of £14m with rapid growth in digital learning services and continued international expansion;
- FT Group sales up 11% and profits up 21%, benefiting from shift towards subscription and digital revenues and focus on global businesses;
- Penguin sales up 9% and profits up 22%, with strong publishing and innovation in all markets.
- Healthy outlook: Full-year guidance confirmed; on track for further progress in all businesses.
Marjorie Scardino, chief executive, said: "Our momentum is strong, even in these tough economic conditions. We have leadership positions in good markets and an effective growth strategy based on quality content, digital innovation and international expansion. That strategy makes us confident that 2008 will be another record year, and that we will continue to grow."For the year:
The company expects Eduction to be up 10% in constant terms for the year. The company is also reorganizing education into three groups: US Domestic, International, and Professional. Margins will be constant despite 'harcourt integration expenses' and will grow by 1pp per year beginning in 2009.
Penguin has made 'an excellent start to the year' and Pearson expects them to achieve double digit operating margins for the year.
FT is showing growth in subscription, circulation and advertising revenues (up 2%) in the first half. Pearson expects to increase profit at FT Publishing even without any growth in advertising revenue. Guardian reports FT added 350,000 new subscribers in six months.