Simon Robertson, Chairman The Group performed well in difficult market conditions

The Group delivered a strong underlying profit and cash performance, and our order book increased by 21 per cent. The business is well diversified and we have a strong balance sheet with no net debt.
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Sir John Rose, Chief ExecutiveDeveloping the business for the longer term

The consistent strategy the Group has pursued for over 20 years has created a broadly based business which is resilient in the face of short-term challenges and which is well positioned for future growth.
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Andrew Shilston, Finance Director Strong progress in difficult conditions

The Group delivered a strong increase in underlying revenues and improved profits. The published results were heavily influenced by the significant adjustments in foreign exchange rates in 2008.
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