Relx posts 70% fall in revenue from exhibition business

Relx shares (LON: REL) dipped on Thursday’s opening after the group saw revenues from exhibitions fall 70%.

The FTSE 100 company released a nine-month trading update, which revealed major disruption to business from the pandemic.

Due to cancelled exhibitions across Europe and North America over the course of the year, the group expects a lower full-year revenue of between £330m‐£360m.

Total costs for the year due to one‐off restructuring and cancellations are expected to total £530m‐£540m.

Exhibitions are now running in China and Japan, however at a lower revenue.

A highlight for Relx is the STM, Risk and Legal business areas, which together accounted for 84% of revenue and 87% of adjusted operating profit in 2019. They have “continued to see a gradual improvement” in underlying revenue growth rates since the end of the first half.

Underlying revenue rose 2% at RELX’s scientific, technical and medical business, 3% at its risk and business-analytics unit and 1% at its legal division over the first nine months of the year.

Relx shares (LON: REL) are trading -1.12% at 1.634,50 (0833GMT).

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