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Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements

27. Treasury shares

Pearson plc Interactive Data Total
Number
of shares
000s
m Number
of shares
000s
m m
At 1 January 2006 5,249 110 4,552 43 153
Purchase of treasury shares 4,700 36 1,500 16 52
Release of treasury shares (1,188) (16) (16)
At 31 December 2006 8,761 130 6,052 59 189
Purchase of treasury shares 4,900 40 1,177 16 56
Release of treasury shares (1,900) (29) (29)
At 31 December 2007 11,761 141 7,229 75 216

The Group holds Pearson plc shares in trust to satisfy its obligations under its restricted share plans (see note 25). These shares, representing 1.5% (2006: 1.1%) of called-up share capital, are held as treasury shares and have a par value of 25p per share.

Interactive Data hold their own shares in respect of share buy-back programmes. These shares are held as treasury shares and have a par value of $0.01.

The nominal value of Pearson plc treasury shares amounts to 2.9m (2006: 2.2m). The nominal value of Interactive Data treasury shares amounts to 0.04m (2006: 0.03m).

At 31 December 2007 the market value of Pearson plc treasury shares was 86.1m (2006: 67.6m) and the market value of Interactive Data treasury shares was 119.9m (2006: 74.3m).

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