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Performance
Review

Carole CranChief Financial Officer

Performance Highlights

Revenue (£M)

£1,577 2013: £1,573

Trading profit1 (£M)

£306 2013: £352

Profit before tax (£M)

£289 2013: £333

Diluted earnings per share (EPS) (Pence)

82.49 2013: 92.03

Dividend per share2 (Pence)

27.12 2013: 26.30

Return on capital employed3 (%)

19 2013: 21
Revenue £m
10 11 12 13 14
1,230 1,396 1,583 1,573 1,577
Trading profit4 £m
10 11 12 13 14
312 338 381 352 306
Profit before tax4 £m
10 11 12 13 14
304 324 360 333 289
Diluted EPS4 pence
10 11 12 13 14
78.98 86.76 100.40 92.03 82.49
Dividend per share2 pence
10 11 12 13 14
18.90 20.79 23.91 26.30 27.12
Return on capital employed3,4 %
10 11 12 13 14
32 28 24 21 19
  1. Trading profit represents operating profit before gain on sale of property, plant and equipment.
  2. The Board is recommending a final dividend of 17.74 pence per Ordinary Share, which when added to the interim dividend of 9.38 pence, gives a total for the year of 27.12 pence per Ordinary Share.
  3. Calculated by dividing operating profit for the year by the average net operating assets as at 1 January, 30 June and 31 December.
  4. 2012 numbers are pre-exceptional items.