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  • Italian group confirms talks with Economist Group Monday, 27 Jul 2015 | 6:32 AM ET

    LONDON— An Italian investment group owned by the Agnelli family has confirmed it is in talks with Pearson PLC to increase its stake in the Economist Group. Exor S.p.A., which has been a shareholder in the business since 2009, said the discussions also include the Economist Group's trustees, who would have to approve any sale. Exor, which owns just under 5 percent of...

  • LONDON— The Financial Times reports that its parent company, Pearson PLC, is in talks to sell its 50 percent stake in the Economist magazine. The report says the talks involve other shareholders in the Economist Group. Pearson is in the process of selling the FT Group, including the newspaper, to the Nikkei Group of Japan.

  • FT gets new owners—should it be worried? Friday, 24 Jul 2015 | 8:48 AM ET
    The Financial Times

    On the surface it looks like a good bit of business, but media-watchers have mixed feelings about Nikkei's swoop on the FT.

  • Nikkei CEO: FT is best partner to go global Friday, 24 Jul 2015 | 4:00 AM ET
    Nikkei CEO: FT is best partner to go global

    Tsuneo Kita, Chairman of Nikkei, says the Financial Times has won trust of global readers and the Nikkei wants to help boost that brand.

  • FT and Nikkei deal took many by surprise Friday, 24 Jul 2015 | 4:00 AM ET
    FT and Nikkei deal took many by surprise

    CNBC's Catherine Boyle says it would be hard for Pearson Group to turn down such an offer from Nikkei on the FT Group.

  • FT disposal good for Pearson: Analyst Friday, 24 Jul 2015 | 3:20 AM ET
    FT disposal good for Pearson: Analyst

    Jonathan Helliwell, media analyst at Panmure Gordon, says Pearson's sale of the Financial Times Group was a good business move.

  • Pearson hits the books after FT sale Friday, 24 Jul 2015 | 3:14 AM ET
    The Financial Times

    Company increases dividend and confirms guidance after first-half operating profit dipped, partly on the timing of textbook adoption in the US.

  • July 24- Nikkei's $1.3 billion purchase of the Financial Times from Britain's Pearson PLC marks the culmination of decades of attempts by the Japanese household name to break into mainstream English-language media. The Nikkei Weekly newspaper continued but was rebranded, along with the corresponding website, as the Nikkei Asian Review in 2013, adopting a...

  • TOKYO— Nikkei Inc., the Japanese buyer of the Financial Times, pledged Friday to respect the culture of the London- based business daily, while also tapping its digital expertise and global reach. Nikkei is Nikkei, "said Naotoshi Okada, the president and CEO of Nikkei Inc., which publishes a namesake newspaper that's the top business daily in Japan.

  • Europe closes lower; earnings dominate Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 11:30 AM ET

    European stocks ended lower on Thursday, after a flurry of corporate earnings came out from across the region.

  • Nikkei to buy the FT for £844 million Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 11:00 AM ET
    Nikkei to buy the FT for £844 million

    Ian Whittaker, head of media research at Liberum Capital, discusses Pearson's decision to sell the Financial Times Group to Nikkei.

  • Nikkei to buy FT Group for $1.3B from Pearson Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 10:07 AM ET
    A copy of the Financial Times newspaper is seen alongside other British newspapers displayed for sale in a newsagents in London on July 23, 2015.

    Nikkei, the Japanese media company, has trumped Germany’s Axel Springer, in a tussle to buy the FT Group from Pearson for £844m, the FT reports.

  • Financial Times reports Germany's Springer to buy FT Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 9:38 AM ET
    The Financial Times

    Pearson is in advanced talks to sell the FT Group to Germany's biggest newspaper company Axel Springer, the Financial Times reported.

  • LONDON— Japanese media company Nikkei Inc. is buying the Financial Times as part of an 844 million-pound deal with Britain's Pearson PLC. As part of the deal, Pearson has agreed to sell the vast majority of the assets in FT Group, including the Financial Times newspaper and the popular FT.com. However, Pearson will retain its 50 percent stake in The Economist Group...

  • Pearson to explore Financial Times sale: Report Monday, 20 Jul 2015 | 10:13 AM ET
    The Financial Times

    British publishing company Pearson is exploring the sale of its financial newspaper, The Financial Times, Bloomberg reported.

  • The company's owner, private equity firm Apollo Global Management LLC, has held talks with investment banks about the IPO, though their underwriter roles will not be finalized before the summer, four people said this week. It competes with Pearson Plc and Cengage Learning Inc, and, like its peers, has sought to make most of its offerings available on the Internet as...

  • Someone's getting rich on your kids' test scores Wednesday, 11 Mar 2015 | 2:45 PM ET
    Student Allison Ramirez asks for help in a fourth-grade math class at Piney Branch Elementary School in Takoma Park, Md., where teachers are training themselves to teach students in a new style of learning math to prepare them for more rigorous education standards under Common Core.

    Controversy around Common Core hasn't stopped companies like Pearson, McGraw-Hill and Apple from cashing in on huge education contracts.

  • Europe shares close to finish higher ahead of QE Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 11:37 AM ET

    European equities seesawed before finishing higher on Friday, but looked to close out the trading month with gains of over 6 percent.

  • Europe ends higher after ECB bond-buying hint Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 11:37 AM ET
    A trader speaks on the phone in front of the index board in Frankfurt, Germany.

    European markets closed higher on reports that the ECB is set to buy around 50 billion euros per month of government bonds for around a year.

  • Parents, legislators push back against Common Core Monday, 1 Dec 2014 | 9:45 AM ET
    Students with hands raised in classroom

    The debate against Common Core is moving into the state legislatures, even as more parents plan to opt out of spring tests.