Notes on the Accounts.

for the year ended 31st March 2011

11 Earnings per ordinary share

  2011
pence
  2010
pence
Total  
Basic 85.6   77.6
Diluted 85.1   77.3
Continuing  
Basic 86.5   77.6
Diluted 86.0   77.3
Discontinued  
Basic (0.9)  
Diluted (0.9)  

Earnings per ordinary share have been calculated by dividing the profit attributable to equity holders of the parent company by the weighted average number of shares in issue during the period.

  2011
£ million
  2010
£ million
Earnings  
Profit for the year from continuing operations attributable to equity holders of the parent company 184.2   164.2
Loss for the year from discontinued operations attributable to equity holders of the parent company (1.9)  
Profit for the year attributable to equity holders of the parent company 182.3   164.2
  2011   2010
Weighted average number of shares in issue  
Basic 212,907,178   211,639,326
Dilution for share options and long term incentive plans 1,344,782   885,913
Diluted 214,251,960   212,525,239

Underlying earnings per ordinary share are calculated as follows:

  2011
£ million
  2010
£ million
Profit for the year attributable to equity holders of the parent company 182.3   164.2
Major impairment and restructuring charges (note 3) 71.8   11.3
Amortisation of acquired intangibles (note 4) 13.2   9.9
Dissolution of associate (note 19) (0.1)   4.4
Loss on disposal of discontinued operations 1.9  
Tax thereon (15.7)   (6.9)
Underlying profit for the year 253.4   182.9
  2011
pence
  2010
pence
Underlying earnings per share  
Basic 119.0   86.4
Diluted 118.3   86.1