Pearson says 2014 earnings to fall

Reuters - UK Focus

LONDON, Feb 28 (Reuters) - British publisher Pearson (Dusseldorf: PES.DU - news) said it expected 2014 earnings to fall, afterpublishing full-year results within the range of alreadydowngraded forecasts due to the hit from the deteriorating market.

Pearson (NYSE: PSO - news) , the 170-year-old education and media group which isrestructuring under new leadership to grow again in 2015, hasendured a tough 2013, downgrading its guidance twice.

On Friday it reported 2013 adjusted earnings per share of70.1 pence after restructuring charges, down from 82.6 pencelast year. It said at current exchange rates, 2014 adjusted EPSshould be between 62 pence and 67 pence.

The British group, which also owns the Financial Times,warned in January that its 2013 earnings would be lower thanexpected due to higher restructuring costs and poor demand forits North America education business in its key selling quarter.

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