Pearson sales rise on online courses demand

Global education group Pearson said strong demand for online learning courses had helped the group to post a 5 percent rise in underlying revenue growth in the first three months of the year, Reuters reports.

The British company, repositioning itself as a consumer-facing group offering training and skills for life beyond its core schools and colleges remit, said it continued to expect to deliver revenue and profit growth in 2021.

Trading was boosted by a 25 percent jump in demand for programs in its Global Online Learning division, as people around the world enrolled for courses at virtual schools.

“It’s been a good start to the year for Pearson, delivering 5 percent sales growth in the quarter,” Chief Executive Andy Bird said. “This is despite a longer period of disruption from coronavirus diseasein the quarter compared to last year.” Pearson was hit during the pandemic when restrictions forced schools to close and exams to be cancelled, sending its annual profit down by 40 percent, but boosting demand for online courses.

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