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DIVIDENDS


The Board recommends a final dividend of 10.0 pence per share (2006: 7.6 pence per share, 2005: 6.5 pence per share) to shareholders, amounting to £825 million (2006: £631 million, 2005: £551 million). This will be paid, subject to shareholder approval, on 17 September 2007 to shareholders on the register on 24 August 2007. When combined with the 2007 interim dividend of 5.1 pence per share, the total dividend proposed for the 2007 financial year is 15.1 pence per share, totalling £1,247 million (2006: £993 million; 2005: £883 million). This compares to 11.9 pence in the 2006 financial year and 10.4 pence in the 2005 financial year, an increase of 27% and 14%, respectively. This represents a two thirds payout ratio, which has been achieved a year earlier than previously announced.

     Dividends paid in the 2007 financial year were £1,053 million (2006: £912 million; 2005: £786 million) and have been presented as a deduction in shareholders’ equity.
 

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