Earnings per share

In 2008, basic earnings per share was 21.5 pence (2007: 34.4 pence, 2006: 18.4 pence). The table below illustrates how specific items impact basic earnings per share.

  2008
pence
    2007
pence
    2006
pence
 
Basic earnings per share before specific items 23.9     22.7     19.5  
Specific items (2.4 )   11.7     (1.1 )








 
Total basic earnings per share 21.5     34.4     18.4  








 

Diluted earnings per share was not materially different from basic earnings per share in any year under review.

Earnings per share before specific items
(pence)
Earnings per share before specific items

 

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