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Cherries
oil on canvas
22 x 20 in
1981

Penny Machines
oil on canvas
23¾ x 29¾ in
1961

Stack of Books
oil on canvas
30 x 24 in
n.d.

Seven Suckers
oil on canvas
19 x 23 in
1970

Twin Jackpots
oil on canvas
30 x 46 in
1962

Ties
oil on canvas
20 x 26 in
1980

Cake Slices
oil on canvas
20 x 16 in
n.d.

Notes 1-5

For the year ended 31 December 2010

3. Operating costs

  2010
£m
2009
£m
2008
£m
Total staff costs (note 5) 5,438.7 5,117.0 4,351.8
Establishment costs 659.2 691.6 521.3
Other operating costs (net) 1,489.6 1,410.4 1,260.3
Total operating costs 7,587.5 7,219.0 6,133.4
Operating costs include:      
Goodwill impairment (note 12) 10.0 44.3 84.1
Goodwill write-down relating to utilisation of pre-acquisition tax losses 1.5
Investment write-downs 37.5 11.1 30.5
Cost of changes to corporate structure 4.6
Amortisation and impairment of acquired intangible assets (note 12) 170.5 172.6 78.4
Amortisation of other intangible assets (note 12) 25.4 30.5 23.4
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment 178.3 189.9 145.4
Losses on sale of property, plant and equipment 0.7 0.4 1.9
Gains on disposal of investments (4.1) (31.1) (3.4)
Gains on re-measurement of equity interest on acquisition of controlling interest (13.7)
Net foreign exchange losses/(gains) 8.0 6.4 (18.3)
Operating lease rentals:      
Land and buildings 449.9 461.5 350.0
Sublease income (32.8) (27.0) (24.8)
  417.1 434.5 325.2
Plant and machinery 24.8 28.0 26.5
  441.9 462.5 351.7

In 2010, operating profit includes credits totalling £16.5 million (2009: £19.4 million, 2008: £23.7 million) relating to the release of excess provisions and other balances established in respect of acquisitions completed prior to 2009. Further details of the Group’s approach to acquisition reserves, as required by IFRS 3 (revised) Business Combinations, are given in note 28.

Investment write-downs of £37.5 million (2009: £11.1 million) relate to certain non-core minority investments in the US and Continental Europe where forecast financial performance and/or liquidity issues indicate a permanent decline in the recoverability of the Group’s investment.

All of the operating costs of the Group are related to administrative expenses.

Auditors’ remuneration:

  2010
£m
2009
£m
2008
£m
Fees payable to the Company’s auditors for the audit of the Company’s annual accounts 1.4 1.5 1.7
The audit of the Company’s subsidiaries pursuant to legislation 14.8 15.0 13.3
  16.2 16.5 15.0
Other services pursuant to legislation 3.1 3.2 3.8
Fees payable to the auditors pursuant to legislation 19.3 19.7 18.8
Tax advisory services 2.7 2.6 2.2
Tax compliance services 1.2 1.5 0.9
  3.9 4.1 3.1
Corporate finance services 0.2 0.2 1.5
Other services1 5.1 4.8 4.4
Total non-audit fees 9.2 9.1 9.0
Total fees 28.5 28.8 27.8
Note
1
Other services include audits for earnout purposes and services for expatriate employees.

Minimum committed annual rentals

Amounts payable in 2011 under the foregoing leases will be as follows:

  Plant and machinery   Land and buildings
  2011
£m
2010
£m
2009
£m
  2011
£m
2010
£m
2009
£m
In respect of operating leases which expire:              
– within one year 4.8 4.1 6.6   32.7 43.1 63.4
– within two to five years 14.8 14.6 14.2   163.4 145.2 168.3
– after five years 0.2 1.1 0.3   159.7 143.7 107.5
  19.8 19.8 21.1   355.8 332.0 339.2


Future minimum annual amounts payable under all lease commitments in existence at 31 December 2010 are as follows:

  Minimum
rental
payments
£m
Less
sub-let
rentals
£m
Net
payment
£m
Year ending 31 December      
2011 375.6 (21.0) 354.6
2012 311.4 (17.9) 293.5
2013 278.1 (10.0) 268.1
2014 222.7 (2.9) 219.8
2015 204.9 (2.3) 202.6
Later years 936.0 (2.0) 934.0
  2,328.7 (56.1) 2,272.6