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Profits and dividends

The profit before tax for the year was £719.4 million (2006: £682.0 million). The directors recommend a final ordinary dividend of 9.13p (2006: 7.61p) per share to be paid on 7 July 2008 to share owners on the register at 6 June 2008 which, together with the interim ordinary dividend of 4.32p (2006: 3.6p) per share paid on 12 November 2007, makes a total of 13.45p for the year (2006: 11.21p).