Ten year history

  2016* 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010* 2009 2008 2007
                     
SALES      
RETAIL (£m) 2,406 2,348 2,241 2,191 2,191 2,222 2,274 2,198 2,255 2,255
DIRECTORY (£m) 1,688 1,541 1,374 1,193 1,089 936 873 816 800 775
TOTAL GROUP SALES (£m) 4,214 4,028 3,758 3,548 3,441 3,293 3,406 3,271 3,329 3,284
       
PROFIT        
RETAIL (£m) 408 384 348 331 324 329 324 289 320 317
DIRECTORY (£m) 413 377 359 302 263 222 184 158 164 144
       
UNDERLYING GROUP PROFIT BEFORE TAX (£m) 836 782 695 622 570 543 505 429 498 478
TAXATION (£m) (169) (160) (142) (149) (143) (150) (141) (127) (144) (147)
UNDERLYING GROUP PROFIT AFTER TAX (£m) 667 622 553 473 427 393 364 302 354 331
       
RETAIL STORE NUMBERS 540 539 541 540 536 525 517 510 502 480
       
RETAIL SQ FOOTAGE (000's) 7,648 7,373 7,045 6,728 6,475 6,073 5,763 5,506 5,201 4,823
                     
UNDERLYING EPS (p) 450.5 419.8 366.1 297.7 255.4 221.9 188.5 156.0 168.7 146.1
ORDINARY DIVIDENDS PER SHARE (p) 158 150.0 129.0 105.0 90.0 78.0 66.0 55.0 55.0 49.0
SHARES IN ISSUE AT YEAR END (m) 151 153 155 161 169 181 191 197 201 227
SHARE BUY BACKS (shares m) 2.2 2.2 6.2 7.5 12.5 10.0 5.9 3.9 26.1 19.0
SHARE BUY BACKS (£m) 151 138 296 241 290 205 120 54 514 316
SHARE PRICE AT YEAR END (p) 6,925 7,150 6,280 4,059 2,639 1,994 1,996 1,097 1,375 1,946

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