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Dividends

Adjusted diluted earnings per share and dividends per share trends

The board has proposed a final dividend of 26.0 US cents making a total of 38.0 US cents per share for the year, an increase of 27% on the prior year. This would represent a dividend cover of 2.6 times based on adjusted diluted earnings per share, as described above (2004: 2.5 times). Details regarding payment dates and related matters are disclosed in the directors’ report.

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