Bertelsmann and Pearson in talks about combining their publishing divisions

The FT and others are reporting that Bertelsmann and Pearson are in talks about combining their Penguin and Random House publishing divisions and that the discussions have focused on a merger in which Bertelsmann would have a stake of more than 50 per cent.

Pearson have issued the following statement. “Pearson notes recent media coverage regarding Penguin, its consumer publishing division, and Random House (part of Bertelsmann). Pearson confirms that it is discussing with Bertelsmann a possible combination of Penguin and Random House. The two companies have not reached agreement and there is no certainty that the discussions will lead to a transaction. A further announcement will be made if and when appropriate.”

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