FT Group profits rise 17%

Publisher of Financial Times operating profits grow to £55m in 2013 as owner Pearson announces overall slump of 21%Pearson has reported a 21% slump in its overall operating profit for 2013, as its core US education business continues to be hit by the "worst trading conditions" seen in decades. However, profits at the company's FT Group, home of the Financial Times, were up 17% to £55m.FT Group, which includes the Financial Times and Pearson's 50% stake in the Economist Group, reported sales of £449m, down 1% year-on-year, but operating profits were up 17% on 2012.Pearson chief finance officer Robin Freestone said that the FT is a profitable entity in its own right.Digital subscribers to FT.com grew 31% year-on-year to 415,000 and now represent almost two-thirds of the FT's total paying audience, powered by a 60% upsurge in corporate users.THE HTML app, which launched in 2011 and bypasses Apple iTunes so as to have a direct relationship with readers, was performing "extremely well", the group said.Mobile now accounts for nearly a quarter of all new subscriptions at the FT, it added.FT.com digital subscriptions of 415,000, more than offset the planned reductions in print circulation, the group said.However, the group said print advertising continued to be short-term and "generally weak", though the FT increased its market share with luxury and financial sectors.Overall, advertising revenues accounted for 37% of FT Group revenues in 2013, compared to 52% in 2008.Recent... Continue reading at 'The Guardian'

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