|Headline operating profit*||£8.5m||£8.6m||£8.7m||£9.0m||£10.6m
|Headline profit before tax*
|Diluted headline EPS*||12.4p||13.1p||13.5p||14.0p||16.7p|
|Total dividend per share||5.1p||5.4p||5.7p||6.0p||6.3p|
|Net debt to EBITDA||1.0x||0.5x||0.8x||1.0x||0.4x|
* Headline operating profit excludes exceptional items (2017 only). Headline profit before taxation excludes exceptional items and the net finance cost in respect of the Group’s defined benefit pension scheme. Diluted headline EPS also takes into account the taxation effect thereon.