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Dividends (Scrip)

Dividend for the half year ended 30 June 2014

Ex-dividend date: 17 September 2014
Record date: 19 September 2014
Dividend payment date: 24 October 2014
Dividend amount: 3.25p
Scrip reference price*: 284.65p

Dividend for the year ended 31 December 2013

Ex-dividend date: 12 March 2014
Record date: 14 March 2014
Dividend payment date: 25 April 2014
Dividend amount: 7.75p
Scrip reference price*: 263.65p

Dividend for the half year ended 30 June 2013

Ex-dividend date: 18 September 2013
Record date: 20 September 2013
Dividend payment date: 25 October 2013
Dividend amount: 3.75p
Scrip reference price*: 263.10p

Dividend for the year ended 31 December 2012

Ex-dividend date: 17 April 2013
Record date: 19 April 2013
Dividend payment date: 24 May 2013
Dividend amount: 7.25p
Scrip reference price*: 284.10p

Dividend for the half year ended 30 June 2012

Ex-dividend date: 19 September 2012
Record date: 21 September 2012
Dividend payment date: 26 October 2012
Dividend amount: 3.50p
Scrip reference price*: 241.30p

Dividend for the year ended 31 December 2011

Ex-dividend date: 18 April 2012
Record date: 20 April 2012
Dividend payment date: 25 May 2012
Dividend amount: 6.75p
Scrip reference price*: 216.15p

Dividend for the half year ended 30 June 2011

Ex-dividend date: 21 September 2011
Record date: 23 September 2011
Dividend payment date: 28 October 2011
Dividend amount: 3.25p
Scrip reference price: 222.95p

Dividend for the year ended 31 December 2010

Ex-dividend date: 13 April 2011
Record date: 15 April 2011
Dividend payment date: 20 May 2011
Dividend amount: 6.25p
Scrip reference price: 233.35p

Dividend for the half year ended 30 June 2010

Ex-dividend date: 22 September 2010
Record date: 24 September 2010
Dividend payment date: 29 October 2010
Dividend amount: 3.0p
Scrip Reference price*: 217.35p





Dividend for the year ended 31 December 2009

Ex-dividend date: 21 April 2010
Record date: 23 April 2010
Dividend payment date: 21 May 2010
Dividend amount**: 0.55p
Scrip Reference price*: 24.3p





Dividend for the half year ended 30 June 2009

Ex-dividend date: 23 September 2009
Record date: 25 September 2009
Dividend payment date: 30 October 2009
Dividend amount**: 0.275p
Scrip Reference price*: 28.55p





Dividend for the year ended 31 December 2008

Ex-dividend date: 22 April 2009
Record date: 24 April 2009
Dividend payment date: 22 May 2009
Dividend amount**: 0.5p
Scrip Reference price*: 25.3p






* The Scrip Reference Price is the average of the mid-market share price for the five consecutive days commencing on the relevant ex-dividend date.

** Before 1 for 10 share consolidation completed on 10 May 2010.


(a) Scrip Dividends

The renewal of the Scrip Dividend Scheme was approved by shareholders at the Annual General Meeting held on 8 May 2013. It enables shareholders, if they so wish, to receive new ordinary shares instead of cash for future dividends.

Those shareholders who have already elected to join the Scrip Dividend Scheme will automatically have their dividend sent to them in this form. Shareholders wishing to join the Scheme for future dividends should return a completed scrip dividend mandate form to the Registrar, Equiniti. To be effective for a particular dividend you must complete and return your mandate so as to be received by Equiniti no later than 15 business days before the dividend payment date. Copies of the scrip dividend mandate form and the scrip dividend brochure can be obtained from Equiniti by telephoning 0871 384 2268* or +44(0) 121 415 7173 if calling from outside the UK. Alternatively, download the documents by clicking on the following links: Scrip Dividend Mandate FormScrip Dividend Brochure


(b) Cash Dividends

If your cash dividend is not currently paid directly into your bank or your building society account and you would like to benefit from this service, please complete a Cash Dividend Mandate Form or contact Equiniti on 0871 384 2250* or +44(0) 121 415 7047 if calling from outside the UK, who will be pleased to assist. By receiving your dividends in this way you can avoid the risk of cheques getting lost in the post. 

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