Five-year summary


2008
£m
2007
£m
2006
£m
2005
£m
2004
£m
Income statement
Billings1 36,929.0 31,665.5 30,140.7 26,673.7 19,598.0
Revenue 7,476.9 6,185.9 5,907.8 5,373.7 4,299.5
Operating profit 876.0 804.7 741.6 652.8 475.5
Headline PBIT2 1,118.2 928.0 859.0 754.8 560.2
Profit before taxation 746.8 719.4 682.0 592.0 434.4
Headline PBT3 968.4 817.3 766.3 669.0 489.6
Profit for the year 513.9 515.1 482.6 398.0 299.4
Balance sheet
Non-current assets 13,355.7 8,689.9 7,732.3 8,196.9 6,026.4
Net current liabilities (1,028.7) (1,342.7) (1,120.4) (1,150.5) (504.0)
Non-current trade and other payables (1,042.9) (796.6) (715.6) (703.0) (536.6)
Provisions for liabilities and charges (including provision for post-employment benefits) (407.9) (251.8) (292.4) (363.1) (289.2)
Net assets 5,959.8 4,094.8 3,918.4 3,985.8 3,065.7
Net debt (3,067.6) (1,285.7) (814.6) (804.0) (300.4)
Average net debt (2,206.0) (1,458.0) (1,214.0) (1,212.0) (1,083.0)
  2008 2007 2006 2005 2004
Our people
Revenue per employee (£000) 76.7 72.9 76.0 75.8 74.4
Gross profit per employee (£000) 71.9 69.0 72.2 72.4 70.5
Average headcount 97,438 84,848 77,686 70,936 57,788
Share information
Headline4 – basic earnings per share 56.7p 47.7p 42.5p 36.0p 28.9p
– diluted earnings per share 55.5p 45.8p 41.2p 35.2p 27.9p
Reported – basic earnings per share 38.4p 39.6p 36.3p 30.3p 24.0p
– diluted earnings per share 37.6p 38.0p 35.2p 29.7p 23.4p
Dividends per share5 15.47p 13.45p 11.21p 9.34p 7.78p
Share price – high 648.0p 787.5p 706.5p 630.5p 643.0p
  – low 310.3p 576.5p 609.0p 534.5p 469.5p
Market capitalisation at year-end (£m) 5,052.8 7,708.9 8,566.4 7,880.7 6,792.0

Notes

1
Billings is defined in the financial glossary.
2
The calculation of headline PBIT for 2008, 2007 and 2006 is set out in note 31 of the financial statements.
3
The calculation of headline PBT for 2008, 2007 and 2006 is set out in note 31 of the financial statements.
4
Headline earnings per share for 2008, 2007 and 2006 is set out in note 9 of the financial statements.
5
Dividends per share represents the dividends declared in respect of each year.

The information on this page is unaudited.

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