Profits and dividends

The profit before tax for the year was £746.8 million (2007: £719.4 million). The directors declared a second interim dividend of 10.28p (2007: 9.13p) per share to be paid on 6 July 2009 to share owners on the register at 5 June 2009 which, together with the first interim ordinary dividend of 5.19p (2007: 4.32p) per share paid on 10 November 2008, makes a total of 15.47p for the year (2007: 13.45p).