Ten year history

   2017 2016* 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010* 2009 2008
                     
SALES      
RETAIL (£m)  2,305 2,406 2,348 2,241 2,191 2,191 2,222 2,274 2,198 2,255
DIRECTORY (£m)  1,728 1,688 1,541 1,374 1,193 1,089 936 873 816 800
TOTAL GROUP SALES (£m)  4,137 4,214 4,028 3,758 3,548 3,441 3,293 3,406 3,271 3,329
       
PROFIT        
RETAIL (£m)  339 408 384 348 331 324 329 324 289 320
DIRECTORY (£m)  444 413 377 359 302 263 222 184 158 164
       
UNDERLYING GROUP PROFIT BEFORE TAX (£m)  790 836 782 695 622 570 543 505 429 498
TAXATION (£m)  (155) (169) (160) (142) (149) (143) (150) (141) (127) (144)
UNDERLYING GROUP PROFIT AFTER TAX (£m)  635 667 622 553 473 427 393 364 302 354
       
RETAIL STORE NUMBERS  538 540 539 541 540 536 525 517 510 502
       
RETAIL SQ FOOTAGE (000's)  7,978 7,648 7,373 7,045 6,728 6,475 6,073 5,763 5,506 5,201
                     
UNDERLYING EPS (p)  441.3 450.5 419.8 366.1 297.7 255.4 221.9 188.5 156.0 168.7
ORDINARY DIVIDENDS PER SHARE (p)  158.0 158.0 150.0 129.0 105.0 90.0 78.0 66.0 55.0 55.0
SHARES IN ISSUE AT YEAR END (m)  147 151 153 155 161 169 181 191 197 201
SHARE BUY BACKS (shares m)  3.6 2.2 2.2 6.2 7.5 12.5 10.0 5.9 3.9 26.1
SHARE BUY BACKS (£m)  188 151 138 296 241 290 205 120 54 514
SHARE PRICE AT YEAR END (p)  3,850 6,925 7,150 6,280 4,059 2,639 1,994 1,996 1,097 1,375

*Sales, profit and EPS figures are shown on a 53 week basis