Pearson plc, through its subsidiaries, operates as an education and information company. It publishes textbooks for the education, business information, and consumer publishing markets in the United States, the United Kingdom, and internationally. The company provides testing and software services for primary and secondary schools offers assessment, reporting, and business solutions and publishes textbooks and related course materials for colleges and universities, as well as texts, reference, and interactive products for industry professionals. It also publishes the works of various authors in fiction, nonfiction, and reference titles, as well as offers public information systems for government departments. In addition, the company publishes the Financial Times, other business newspapers, magazines, and specialist information and provides financial market data, analytics, and related services to financial institutions, active traders, and individual investors. Pearson was founded in 1844 and is headquartered in London, United Kingdom.
In terms of geography, 2006 sales the break down is as follow: North America 65% Europe 25% Asia 7% Rest of the world 3%. In terms of products, sales the break down is as follow: School 35% Higher education 18% Penguin 19% FT Group 16% Professional 14%.