Five Year History

Year to January2015
£m
2014
£m
2013
£m
2012
£m
2011
£m
Underlying continuing business
Total Sales *4,027.83,758.23,562.53,456.23,312.0
Revenue3,999.83,740.03,547.83,441.13,297.7
Operating profit – underlying812.1722.8650.2598.7566.8
Net finance costs – underlying(29.9)(27.6)(28.6)(28.4)(23.4)
Profit before taxation – underlying782.2695.2621.6570.3543.4
Exceptional items (pre-tax)12.644.947.2
Ventura profit before tax (discontinued)2.98.0
Taxation(159.9)(142.0)(157.9)(145.6)(150.5)
Profit after taxation634.9553.2508.6474.8400.9
Total equity321.9286.2285.6222.7232.4
Shares purchased for cancellation2.2m6.2m7.5m12.5m10.0m
Dividends per share
– ordinary150.0p129.0p105.0p90.0p78.0p
– special150.0p50.0p
Basic earnings per share
Underlying419.8p366.1p297.7p255.4p221.9p
Total428.3p366.1p320.1p282.0p221.9p

* As defined in Note 1.