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Notes to the Financial Statements
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32 11. EARNINGS PER SHARE 11.1 Basic earnings per share and Basic earnings per share before exceptional items Year ended Year ended 31 Dec 31 Dec 2008 2007 Basic earnings per share (in c) 0.531 0.534 Basic earnings per share before exceptional items (in c) 0.593 0.534 Basic earnings per share has been calculated by taking the profit attributable to ordinary shareholders, c16,543k (2007: c16,642k) and dividing by the weighted average number of shares in issue, 31,135,762 (2007: 31,135,762). Basic earnings per share before exceptional items has been calculated by taking the profit attributable to ordinary shareholders of c16,543k, (2007: c16,642k) adding back the cost of exceptional items of c1,917k (2007: nil), and dividing by the weighted average number of shares in issue, 31,135,762 (2007: 31,135,762). 11.2 Diluted earnings per share and Diluted earnings per share before exceptional items Year ended Year ended 31 Dec 31 Dec 2008 2007 Diluted earnings per share (in c) 0.521 0.534 Diluted earnings per share before exceptional items (in c) 0.582 0.534 Diluted earnings per share has been calculated by taking the profit attributable to ordinary shareholders, c16,543k (2007: c16,642k) and dividing by the weighted average number of shares in issue as diluted by share options, 31,726,146 (2007: 31,135,762). Diluted earnings per share before exceptional items has been calculated by taking the profit attributable to ordinary shareholders of c16,543k, (2007: c16,642k) adding back the cost of exceptional items of c1,917k (2007: nil), and dividing by the weighted average number of shares in issue, as diluted by share options, 31,726,146 (2007: 31,135,762). Diluted number of shares Year ended Year ended 31 Dec 31 Dec 2008 2007 Weighted average number of ordinary shares at end of the year 31,135,762 31,135,762 Effect of share options in issue 590,384 Weighted average number of ordinary shares (diluted) at end of year 31,726,146 31,135,762