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Trinity Mirror PLC
28 February 2008




Trinity Mirror plc announces the Group's Preliminary Results for the 52 weeks 
                              ended 30 December 2007


Highlights


• Revenue(1) from retained businesses increased by 1.6%
• Operating profit(1) from retained businesses increased by 3.6% as a
  result of increased revenues coupled with a continued focus on costs
• Operating margin(1) for retained businesses increased by 0.4% to 20.0%
• Digital revenues(1) for retained businesses has increased by 35.6% to
  £34.3 million
• Earnings per share (1) increased by 0.7% to 45.5 pence per share
• Net cost savings of £13 million exceeded our £10 million target
• £13.1 million expended on acquisitions to further expand our digital
  portfolio
• Disposals process realised gross proceeds of £263 million
• Continued strong cash generation


Adjusted results (1)

                                                               2007         2006
                                                           52 weeks     52 weeks
                                                                 £m           £m
Revenue
        Retained businesses                                  932.3        917.2
        Disposed businesses(2)                                77.5        155.9
        Total                                              1,009.8      1,073.1

Operating profit
        Retained businesses                                  186.1        179.7
        Disposed businesses(2)                                22.8         33.9
        Total                                                208.9        213.6

Profit before tax (retained and disposed businesses)         191.0        192.0

Earnings per share                                           45.5p        45.2p


Statutory results

                                                        2007                2006
                                                    52 weeks            52 weeks
                                                          £m                  £m
                                                  Continuing          Continuing
                                                  operations          operations
Revenue                                              971.3             1,003.5
Operating profit/(loss)                               29.4               (62.4)
Profit/(loss) before tax                              21.0               (88.9)

Earnings/(loss) per share                             23.3p              (22.0)p
Dividend per share                                    21.9p               21.9p


(1) Adjusted items relate to discontinued operations, non-recurring items, the
amortisation of intangible assets, the retranslation of foreign currency
borrowings, the impact of fair value changes on derivative financial
instruments, the impact of the change in tax rate on the opening deferred tax
position and the reduction in the charge for share-based payments relating to
2004 and 2005 which was recognised in 2006. A reconciliation between the
adjusted and the statutory numbers is provided in note 18 on page 25.

(2) Disposed businesses include revenue and operating profit for discontinued
operations of £38.5 million (2006: £69.6 million) and £12.9 million (2006: £21.6
million) respectively.

Commenting on the results, Sly Bailey, Chief Executive of Trinity Mirror plc
said:

'In challenging trading conditions our focus and commitment to drive continuous
improvements delivered a strong performance in 2007. Although we are cautious
about trading in 2008, the Board anticipates a satisfactory performance for the
year given the continued implementation of the Group's strategy, ongoing focus
on cost control and the Group's resilient cash flows.'



Enquiries:

Trinity Mirror
Vijay Vaghela, Group Finance Director                 020 7293 3000
Nick Fullagar, Director Corporate Communications      020 7293 3622

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Neil Bennett                                          020 7379 5151


Within the following Chairman and Chief Executive Statement and Review of
Operations, all figures are presented on an adjusted basis*.

* Adjusted items relate to discontinued operations, non-recurring items, the
amortisation of intangible assets, the retranslation of foreign currency
borrowings, the impact of fair value changes on derivative financial
instruments, the impact of the change in tax rate on the opening deferred tax
position and the reduction in the charge for share-based payments relating to
2004 and 2005 which was recognised in 2006, unless otherwise stated. A
reconciliation between the adjusted and the statutory numbers is provided in
note 18 on page 25.


Chairman and Chief Executive Statement

Overview

Trinity Mirror experienced an encouraging but volatile advertising environment
for much of 2007 which was an improvement to the market conditions seen during
2005 and 2006. The generally healthier market conditions contributed to a strong
performance for the year. Group revenues from the retained businesses increased
by £15.1 million to £932.3 million including £8.9 million of revenue from
service contracts with the disposed businesses. Group operating profits from the
retained businesses increased by £6.4 million to £186.1 million. Whilst margins
have been under pressure for the past two years due to the challenging
advertising environment, our continued focus on efficiencies has enabled the
operating margin for our retained businesses to increase by 0.4% to 20.0%.

On a statutory basis Group revenues fell by 3.2% to £971.3 million with
operating profit improving from a loss of £62.4 million in 2006 to a profit of
£29.4 million in 2007.

We have delivered £13 million of net cost savings and are on track to deliver
the targeted £20 million annualised cost savings by the end of 2008. Group
operating costs for the retained businesses increased by £7.7 million to £746.5
million, driven by the costs associated with the service contracts for the
disposed businesses and operating costs of the acquired businesses. Excluding
these, costs for the retained businesses have actually fallen, despite the
impact of inflationary cost pressures.

The Board remains confident in the strong cash flow and the long-term growth
potential of our business and therefore proposes to maintain the final dividend
at 15.5 pence per share.

We continued to make good progress throughout 2007 with the development of our
strategy to build a growing multi-platform media business, via the launch and
acquisition of new products and services, the implementation of new technology
platforms and new full colour presses along with improved processes.

The Group has benefited from a strong focus on portfolio development across
print and digital, enabling us to deepen our penetration in core markets and to
build our revenues and market positions in key high growth areas such as digital
recruitment. We have a strong track record of innovation and during the year we
continued to develop and launch a number of print and digital products across
the Group. In addition, in May we acquired Totallylegal.com Limited, owner of
totallylegal.com and totallyfinancial.com, which further strengthens our
presence in the digital recruitment market. This activity has been further
supplemented through the acquisition of The Career Engineer Limited in January
2008. In November, we acquired Globespan Media Limited which enhances our
position in print and digital overseas property advertising. Digital revenues
now represent 3.7% of total revenues and 6.7% of advertising revenues of our
retained businesses.

Going forward, our aim is to increase substantially digital revenues as a
proportion of total Group revenues. We aim to achieve this by both launch and
acquisition and have increased our resources in order to accelerate progress. In
October of 2007 we appointed a Managing Director of New Ventures and Strategy to
lead our activities in this key area of strategic development.

Publishing activities

Regionals

Our Regionals division achieved a good performance despite the volatile
advertising market. A strong focus on product development saw the business
making good progress in building a multi-platform regional media business of
scale, with a raft of launches across print and digital plus a number of new
events and exhibitions. We have also reinvigorated a number of our key regional
print titles through a programme of brand development.

The disposal of the seven sub-regions in the South has created a better focused,
more resilient portfolio of regional newspapers complemented by strong local and
national digital assets.

Performance from our regional digital activities was particularly strong with
revenues up 33.3% and audience figures up 27.8% on 2006. This reflects the
successful launch of a number of companion websites to our print titles, the
launch of micro sites serving local communities and sites serving key local
advertising markets in recruitment, property and motors plus growth coming from
our acquired digital businesses.

The continuing implementation of our technology-led operating model across the
majority of our publishing systems enabled a further reduction in costs and
better positions the business to develop new revenue opportunities. Going
forward our Regionals division will focus on maximising the performance of our
core print portfolio while achieving rapid progress in building the business
across attractive media platforms.

Nationals

Our Nationals division achieved a strong profit performance against a background
of an extremely competitive circulation environment. Across the national popular
newspaper market, circulations continued to decline year-on-year. Whilst
competitors distorted their underlying sales, through heavy marketing activity
and cover price discounting, we continued to publish our national titles at
their full cover prices, which we continue to believe is the right strategy for
maximising value.

Our UK Nationals division delivered a strong performance with both revenue and
operating profit growth. The Daily Mirror saw an improving circulation trend
achieving its lowest decline in five years. The Sunday Mirror substantially
outperformed the market across the year, also showing circulation growth in
September, October and November. Our three UK national titles together have a
higher proportion of full rate sales within their audited ABC circulations than
any of their major competitors.

The Scottish Nationals division also delivered a strong performance, with
significant growth in both revenue and operating profit despite intense
competitive activity and widespread cover price discounting in the market. A
strong focus on portfolio development saw the launch of RecordPM as a free
afternoon commuter edition of the Daily Record in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh
and Glasgow extending the reach and coverage of the Daily Record brand across
Scotland. October saw the launch of Business7, a simultaneous launch across
print and digital, deepening our penetration of this core geography but
targeting a new younger business audience which is highly attractive to
advertisers.

During the year we focused on developing our national titles' digital presence
resulting in growth in audience figures and revenues up by 56% on 2006.

With investment in key publishing systems, new colour printing presses and
expanding digital activities, our Nationals division is well positioned for the
future.

Disposals

The completion of our disposals process saw the sale of seven sub-regions in the
South and the Sports division. Offers for our businesses in the Midlands and the
two remaining sub-regions in the South, did not reflect the Board's assessment
of their true value, their earnings potential or the strong positions they hold
in their particular markets. Therefore the Board decided to retain these
businesses and focus on their growth and development. These businesses are now
benefiting from being fully integrated into the Group's technology-led operating
model, which will enable them to focus on new revenue-earning opportunities and
reduce costs.

Following the completion of the disposals process we agreed to contribute £108
million to the Group's defined benefit pension schemes and commenced a share
buy-back programme to return £175 million of capital to shareholders. We believe
this course of action maintains an efficient yet prudent capital structure for
the Group with headroom for continued investment in new products and services
and to pursue appropriate acquisition opportunities.

Capital expenditure

The investment programme in new presses for our national newspapers continued
throughout the year. Our Scottish Nationals have published full colour
newspapers for most of the year and in December new colour presses became
available for the Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror, making them the first national
tabloids throughout the UK with the ability to print in full colour. This was
achieved ahead of schedule and ahead of our competitors. We will complete the
repressing in early 2008. A major benefit of this investment is that no further
significant capital expenditure will be required for our national newspapers for
a number of years, with full repressing not expected for at least a further 20
years.

During 2008 we will complete the investment in our Nationals presses and that
required for the 12 year printing contract for the Independent and Independent
on Sunday which was secured during 2007. In addition we will continue with our
programme of developing and modernising our publishing operations across
multi-media platforms through investment in our key IT systems.

Employees

Throughout 2007, our staff across all areas of the business have faced the
challenges in our markets with determination, enthusiasm and tenacity. On behalf
of the Board, we thank them for their commitment and hard work.

Board changes

Kathleen O'Donovan joined the Board as a non-executive director on 11 May 2007
and was appointed Chairman of the Audit Committee. Gary Hoffman was appointed
Senior Independent Director on 10 May 2007. On 2 January 2008, Jane Lighting,
Chief Executive of Five, joined the Board as a non-executive director.

Sir Angus Grossart, Peter Birch and David Ross all retired from the Board at the
Group's Annual General Meeting on 10 May 2007. All three brought an extensive
level of experience to the Board and we thank them all for their support and
guidance over the years.

Outlook

We experienced an improving advertising environment in 2007. There was month by
month volatility and we expect this to continue to be a feature of 2008.

The uncertain economic outlook for the UK together with the volatility, has
contributed to a weak start to 2008 in the advertising market. We expect
advertising revenues to fall by around 3% for January and February.

Although we are cautious about trading in 2008, the Board anticipates a
satisfactory performance for the year given the continued implementation of the
Group's strategy, ongoing focus on cost control and the Group's resilient cash
flows.

Sir Ian Gibson, CBE, Chairman
Sly Bailey, Chief Executive


Review of Operations


Group revenues for the retained businesses increased by £15.1 million (1.6%)
from £917.2 million to £932.3 million and fell by £78.4 million (50.3%) from
£155.9 million to £77.5 million for the disposed businesses. The fall in
revenues for the disposed businesses reflects their contribution for only part
of the period in 2007. On a statutory basis Group revenues fell by £32.2 million
(3.2%) from £1,003.5 million to £971.3 million.

Group operating profit for the retained businesses increased by £6.4 million
(3.6%) from £179.7 million to £186.1 million and fell by £11.1 million (32.7%)
from £33.9 million to £22.8 million for the disposed businesses. On a statutory
basis Group operating profit improved from a loss of £62.4 million in 2006 to a
profit of £29.4 million in 2007.

During the year a review of the carrying value of our intangible assets
concluded that the carrying values of regional newspaper titles in the Midlands
and the South were impaired by £150 million (2006: £250 million).

Total operating costs for the retained businesses increased by £7.7 million
(1.0%) from £738.8 million to £746.5 million reflecting a 5% increase in the
price of newsprint, other cost inflation, costs associated with service
contracts with the disposed businesses and operating costs of the acquired
businesses partially offset by cost savings. During the year we delivered £13
million net cost savings, exceeding our target of £10 million announced in
December 2006, and we are on track to deliver at least £20 million annualised
costs savings by the end of 2008.

The IAS 19 "Employee benefits" defined benefit current service charge for the
period was £27.0 million (2006: £30.4 million). For 2008, the IAS 19 defined
benefit pension current service charge is estimated to be £24.1 million with the
IAS 19 finance credit estimated to fall from £12.3 million to £11.4 million.

The Group's share of profits from associates was £0.3 million (2006: £1.3
million) and reflects the Group's share of profits in The PA Group (PA), net of
taxation payable thereon. During the period dividends of £0.3 million (2006:
£0.5 million) were received from PA.

Investment revenues increased to £5.2 million (2006: £0.3 million) due to
interest earned on the proceeds from the disposals. Finance costs, which include
the interest cost on bank overdrafts and borrowings, the retranslation of
foreign denominated borrowings and the impact of fair value changes in
derivative financial instruments, fell by £10.8 million from £36.7 million to
£25.9 million. Interest cost on bank overdrafts, finance leases and borrowings
increased by £3.6 million from £31.8 million to £35.4 million reflecting higher
interest rates. The IAS 19 finance credit increased by £2.4 million from £9.9
million to £12.3 million. Excluding the IAS 19 finance credit and the net impact
of the retranslation of foreign denominated borrowings and the impact of fair
value changes on derivative financial instruments, interest was covered 5.9
times by operating profit.

Group profit before tax fell by £1.0 million (0.5%) from £192.0 million to
£191.0 million. On a statutory basis Group profit before tax increased by £109.9
million from a loss of £88.9 million to a profit of £21.0 million.

The tax credit for the year was £46.8 million (2006: tax credit of £24.8
million). The tax credit arises from the impact of the change in tax rate on the
opening deferred tax position, the credit relating to the impairment of
intangible assets, the release of deferred tax on disposals and a prior period
tax credit. On an adjusted basis the tax charge for the year was £58.4 million,
representing 30.6% of the profit before tax.

Earnings per share were 45.5 pence per share (2006: 45.2 pence per share), an
increase of 0.7%. On a statutory basis earnings per share were 23.3 pence (2006:
22.0 pence loss per share).

Subject to approval of shareholders at the Annual General Meeting, the directors
propose a final dividend of 15.5 pence per share to be paid on 6 June 2008 to
shareholders on the register at 9 May 2008. This will bring the total dividend
for the year to 21.9 pence per share. This is in line with 2006, reflecting
continued confidence in the strong cash flows generated by the Group. The
dividend is covered 2.1 times by earnings and will be fully funded from
operating cash flow. An interim dividend of 6.4 pence per share (2006: 6.4 pence
per share) was paid on 30 October 2007 to shareholders on the register at 5
October 2007.


Regionals division

Our Regionals division operates an extensive and increasingly diverse portfolio
of brands across print and digital media in the UK. Our goal is to build a
multi-platform media business of scale, by developing and sustaining strong
positions across print, digital and other attractive media platforms.

The revenue and operating profit of our retained businesses for our Regionals
division, including acquisitions, are as follows:
                                          2007               2006
                                      Adjusted           Adjusted       Variance
                                      retained           retained
                                    businesses         businesses
Revenue                                     £m                 £m             %
- Print and other related
activities                               414.3              422.0         (1.8)%
- Digital                                 30.4               22.8         33.3%
Total revenue                            444.7              444.8            -%
Operating profit
- Print and other related
activities                                99.2              108.1         (8.2)%
- Digital                                  9.8                6.2         58.1%
Total operating profit                   109.0              114.3         (4.6)%
Operating margin                          24.5%              25.7%        (1.2)%

Revenue for our retained businesses fell by £0.1 million to £444.7 million and
operating profit fell by £5.3 million (4.6%) to £109.0 million. On an underlying
basis revenues fell by 0.4%.

Whilst operating profit for print and other related activities fell by £8.9
million to £99.2 million, the division's digital media activities continued to
deliver further improvements with revenues increasing by 33.3% and operating
profits increasing by 58.1%. On an underlying basis the division's digital
activities achieved growth in revenues of 24.2% and growth in operating profit
of 47.8%.

The revenues by category for our retained businesses in the Regionals division
are as follows:

                                          2007               2006
                                      Adjusted           Adjusted       Variance
                                      retained           retained
                                    businesses         businesses
                                            £m                 £m             %
Advertising                              326.7              326.6            -%
Circulation                               80.5               80.3          0.2%
Other                                     37.5               37.9         (1.1)%
Total revenue                            444.7              444.8            -%

Whilst advertising markets remained volatile during the year advertising
revenues for our retained businesses increased by £0.1 million from £326.6
million to £326.7 million with a decline of 0.7% for the first half being offset
by an increase of 1.0% for the second. On an underlying basis advertising
revenues fell by 0.4% with digital revenues increasing by 25.4% and print and
other related activities advertising revenues falling by 2.5%.

By key advertising category, display was up by 1.6%, recruitment was up by 0.1%
and property was up by 4.3% whilst motors was down by 11.3% and other classified
categories were down by 1.4%. Display revenues remained volatile throughout the
year with strong growth in the second half offsetting a marginal decline in the
first. Our recruitment revenues were much improved from prior periods with a
fall in the rate of decline in print revenues and strong growth in digital
revenues. Although the property markets weakened marginally in the second half
of the year our property revenues remained stable thereby re-enforcing the
strength of the reach and response delivered by our print and online brands. The
motors category remains challenging with the continued consolidation of motor
dealers and the fragmentation of this category through numerous online channels.
We continue to build other classified revenues.

Circulation revenue for our retained businesses increased by £0.2 million from
£80.3 million to £80.5 million. The Regionals division continued to drive
circulation revenue through our ongoing policy to increase cover prices on a
'little and often' basis. During the year, the division experienced circulation
volume declines of 6.0% for Evening titles, 6.2% for Morning titles, 6.7% for
Weekly titles and 4.2% for Sunday titles.

Other revenue fell by £0.4 million (1.1%) from £37.9 million to £37.5 million
reflecting a reduction in leaflet revenue offset by £2.7 million of revenues
from service contracts agreed with the disposed businesses.

Operating costs for the retained businesses increased by £5.2 million during the
year. Excluding acquisitions completed in 2007 operating costs have increased by
£4.0 million during the year. This reflects the impact of inflationary cost
increases, in particular newsprint price increases of 5% and costs associated
with service contracts with the disposed businesses, partially offset by the
cost reductions.

The relatively flat revenues and increase in costs have contributed to operating
margins for the retained businesses falling by 1.2% to 24.5%.


Nationals division

The Nationals division publishes three UK national titles (the Daily Mirror, the
Sunday Mirror and The People) and two Scottish national titles (the Daily Record
and the Sunday Mail) complemented by a portfolio of digital and other activities
such as events, exhibitions and awards.


The revenue and operating profit of our Nationals division are as follows:

                                          2007               2006
                                      Adjusted           Adjusted       Variance
                                            £m                 £m             %
Revenue                                  487.6              472.4          3.2%
Operating profit                          94.3               80.2         17.6%
Operating margin                          19.3%              17.0%         2.3%


The Nationals division achieved strong growth in both revenues and operating
profit during 2007. In addition the benefit of cost reductions have contributed
to margins improving by 2.3% to 19.3%.


Revenue increased for both the UK Nationals and the Scottish Nationals with the
UK Nationals achieving growth of 2.8% and the Scottish Nationals achieving
growth of 4.6%. Excluding the benefit of revenues generated from service
contracts with businesses disposed of during the year, the UK Nationals achieved
revenue growth of 1.3%.


Operating profits grew strongly for the Nationals division by 17.6% from £80.2
million to £94.3 million which reflects the benefit of improvement in revenues
and cost savings which offset inflationary cost increases.


The revenues by category for our Nationals division are as follows:

                                          2007               2006
                                      Adjusted           Adjusted       Variance
                                            £m                 £m             %
Circulation                              277.1              275.1          0.7%
Advertising                              159.4              158.3          0.7%
Other                                     51.1               39.0         31.0%
Total                                    487.6              472.4          3.2%

Circulation revenues for the Nationals division increased by £2.0 million from
£275.1 million to £277.1 million with a 3.7% increase for the Scottish Nationals
and flat circulation revenues for the UK Nationals.

The six monthly change in circulation volumes and the six monthly market share
for our national titles were as follows:

                                                  2007                      2007
                                           Six monthly               Six monthly
                                           circulation              market share
                                         volume change                       (a)
                                                     %                        %
Daily Mirror                                    (3.9)%                    18.2%
Sunday Mirror                                   (0.7)%                    15.8%
The People                                     (12.3)%                     8.0%
Daily Record(b)                                 (4.8)%                    33.2%
Sunday Mail(b)                                  (3.1)%                    35.7%

(a) Share of tabloid market six months to December 2007 excluding sampling.
(b) Within Scottish market only.

The circulation volume performance of our national titles reflects, unlike many
competitor titles, our policy of not chasing short term circulation volume
through price discounting and levels of marketing spend which do not provide a
return on investment. During the year we implemented cover price increases for
our three national Sunday titles which offset the impact of volume declines. In
addition the Scottish Nationals benefited from weaker comparatives driven by the
vouchering activity in 2006 whereby readers could buy the Daily Record for 20
pence against a 10 pence Sun.

Advertising revenues for the Nationals division increased by 0.7%, with flat
advertising revenues for the UK Nationals and an increase of 2.5% for the
Scottish Nationals. A much improved second half with advertising revenues
increasing by 3.9% offset a decline of 2.3% in the first half.

The improvements in advertising revenues for the UK Nationals were driven by a
better advertising environment and changes to advertising sales management and
to the sales team. The declining trend during 2005 and 2006 was reversed and
this was driven mainly by core display. In a difficult market, volume market
share improved for the Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror versus their primary
competitors during 2007.

In our Scottish Nationals a better local advertising environment coupled with
targeted national sales have contributed to strong advertising performance.

Other revenue increased by £12.1 million (31.0%) from £39.0 million to £51.1
million with increases of 30.3% for the UK Nationals and 36.4% for the Scottish
Nationals. The increase in other revenues includes £6.2 million from the service
contracts agreed with the disposed businesses.

Total digital revenues across the Nationals have achieved strong growth of 56.0%
to £3.9 million with the UK Nationals growing by 52.9% and the Scottish
Nationals growing by 62.5%.

The UK Nationals websites have been relaunched by a refocused digital team led
by a newly appointed head of digital. The resulting new audiences have proved
very attractive to advertisers. In addition to advertising revenues, other
digital revenues have shown strong growth driven by the successful launch of
Mirror Bingo.

The Scottish Nationals have also benefited from improved revenues from their
digital assets with revenues growing by 62.5% to £1.3 million. Notably, the
Scotcareers brand has achieved a strong position in the recruitment market in
Scotland and we will continue to focus on developing share in this marketplace.
This has provided a firm base for the launch of Scotwheels in 2006 and
Scotthelot during 2007. Other digital activities have also seen a significant
improvement in performance, reflecting the benefit of focused investment to
drive incremental revenues to supplement the core circulation and print
advertising revenues.

The strong revenue performance coupled with tight cost management has
contributed to operating profit increasing by 17.6% to £94.3 million. Focused
cost management and targeted cost savings have contributed to operating margins
increasing by 2.3% to 19.3%.

Acquisitions
In May we acquired Totallylegal.com Limited, owner of totallylegal.com and
totallyfinancial.com, which further strengthens our presence in the digital
recruitment market. This activity has been further supplemented through the
acquisition of The Career Engineer Limited in January 2008. In November, we
acquired Globespan Media Limited which enhances our position in print and
digital overseas property advertising. Digital revenues now represent 3.7% of
the total revenues of our retained businesses, an increase of 0.9% from 2.8% in
2006.

Disposals
In October 2007, the Group disposed of its Sports division generating gross
disposal proceeds of £170.0 million. The Sports division published the Racing
Post together with the 23 related racing and sports newspapers and websites.
Prior to disposal, the division generated revenue of £38.5 million and operating
profit of £12.9 million in 2007.

During the third quarter, the Group disposed of seven sub-regions in the South
generating gross disposal proceeds of £92.9 million. The businesses in the South
published regional newspapers and related websites. Prior to disposal, the seven
sub-regions generated revenue of £39.0 million and operating profit, before a
£5.0 million loss on disposal included in non-recurring items, of £9.9 million
in 2007.

Central costs
During the year central costs increased by £1.4 million, from £16.1 million to
£17.5 million. This increase is predominantly driven by the costs associated
with the aborted sale of the regional newspapers in the Midlands and the two
sub-regions in the South.

Cash flow and net debt

Cash generated from operating activities has decreased by £58.5 million from
£203.7 million to £145.2 million. This fall in operating cash flows is
predominantly driven by special contributions of £53.7 million to the Group's
defined benefit pension schemes.

Net debt has decreased by £192.4 million from £440.9 million to £248.5 million
and comprises loan notes, bank overdrafts and finance leases of £460.1 million
offset by cash balances of £211.6 million. The substantial fall in debt levels
during the year was a result of the proceeds from the disposals. A further £53.8
million in special contributions to the Group's defined benefit pension schemes
was made in January 2008 and the Group has announced a £175 million share
buy-back programme, £5.9 million of which was expended in 2007 with the
remainder expected in the first half of 2008.

Property, plant and equipment has increased due to capital expenditure net of
disposals of £67.1 million (2006: £72.9 million), against a depreciation charge
of £36.5 million (2006: £39.8 million). The capital expenditure included £35.4
million (2006: £65.7 million) in relation to the repressing of the Nationals
print plants. Planned net capital expenditure for 2008 is £50 million. The gross
capital expenditure in 2008 is forecast to be £70 million, offset by estimated
receipts of £20 million from the disposal of land and buildings in Birmingham
and Cardiff. The capital expenditure includes a further £23 million in respect
of presses, of which £16 million relates to presses required for the Independent
print contract, and £21 million on key IT systems for the Group's technology-led
operating model. All capital expenditure is forecast to be financed from
operating cash flows.

At 30 December 2007, committed facilities of £726.0 million (2006: £728.2
million) were available to the Group, of which £259.5 million (2006: £259.5
million) was available for draw-down. The committed facilities include a £269
million syndicated bank facility, US$602 million and £26 million unsecured fixed
rate loan notes and £6 million floating rate loan notes (representing the total
obligations under a series of private placement US dollar and sterling loan
notes respectively), obligations under finance leases of £13.6 million and £0.9
million of acquisition loan notes. Other than the issue of £0.9 million of
acquisition loan notes, no new financing facilities were procured during the
year and no debt facilities were repaid other than in accordance with their
normal maturity date.


Consolidated income statement
for the 52 weeks ended 30 December 2007 (52 weeks ended 31 December 2006)

                                                            Notes      2007        2006
                                                                         £m          £m
Continuing operations
Revenue                                                      2/3     971.3      1,003.5
Cost of sales                                                       (476.2)      (503.8)
                                                           ------   -------     -------
Gross profit                                                         495.1        499.7
Distribution costs                                                  (102.4)      (108.9)
Administrative expenses:
Non-recurring
Impairment of intangible assets                               4     (150.0)      (250.0)
Other                                                         4      (10.3)         2.0
Amortisation of intangible assets                                     (6.3)       (10.6)
Other                                                               (197.0)      (195.9)
Share of results of associates                                         0.3          1.3
                                                           ------   -------     -------
Operating profit/(loss)                                       2       29.4        (62.4)
Investment revenues                                           5        5.2          0.3
IAS 19 finance credit                                        15       12.3          9.9
Finance costs                                                 6      (25.9)       (36.7)
                                                           ------   -------     -------
Profit/(loss) before tax                                              21.0        (88.9)
Tax credit                                                    7       46.8         24.8
                                                           ------   -------     -------
Profit/(loss) for the period from continuing                          67.8        (64.1)
operations
Discontinued operations
Profit for the period from discontinued                       8        9.0         14.9
operations
Profit on sale of discontinued operations                     8      126.5         37.7
                                                           ------   -------     -------
Profit/(loss) for the period attributable to
equity holders of the parent                                         203.3        (11.5)
                                                           ------   -------     -------


Earnings per share                                                    Pence       Pence
                                                           ------   -------     -------

Adjusted earning per share* - basic                          10       45.5         45.2
Adjusted earnings per share* - diluted                       10       45.5         45.1
                                                           ------   -------     -------

Earnings/(loss) per share - continuing operations - basic    10       23.3        (22.0)
Earnings/(loss) per share - continuing operations - diluted  10       23.3        (22.0)
                                                           ------   -------     -------

Earnings per share - discontinued operations - basic         10       46.6         18.0
Earnings per share - discontinued operations - diluted       10       46.5         18.0
                                                           ------   -------     -------

Earnings/(loss) per share - total operations - basic         10       69.9         (4.0)
Earnings/(loss) per share - total operations - diluted       10       69.8         (4.0)
                                                           ------   -------     -------

* Adjusted items relate to discontinued operations, non-recurring items, the
amortisation of intangible assets, the retranslation of foreign currency
borrowings, the impact of fair value changes on derivative financial
instruments, the impact of the change in tax rate on the opening deferred tax
position and the reduction in the charge for share-based payments relating to
2004 and 2005 which was recognised in 2006. A reconciliation between the
adjusted and the statutory numbers is provided in note 18 on page 25.


Consolidated statement of recognised income and expense
for the 52 weeks ended 30 December 2007 (52 weeks ended 31 December 2006)

                                                                                                      2007        2006
                                                                                                        £m          £m

Actuarial (losses)/gains on defined benefit pension schemes taken to equity                 15        (4.3)       62.7
Tax on actuarial gains/(losses) on defined benefit pension schemes taken to equity           7         1.2       (18.8)
Share of items recognised in equity by associates                                                     (0.8)        1.3
Deferred tax charge resulting from the future change in tax rate                             7        (2.8)          -
                                                                                          ------    --------    -------
Net (loss)/income recognised directly in equity                                                       (6.7)       45.2
Profit/(loss) for the period                                                                         203.3       (11.5)
                                                                                          ------    --------    -------
Total recognised income and expense for the period attributable to equity holders of                 196.6        33.7
the parent                                                                                ------    --------    -------


Consolidated balance sheet
at 30 December 2007 (at 31 December 2006)

                                                   Notes      2007        2006
                                                                £m          £m
Non-current assets
Goodwill                                                      73.9        61.1
Other intangible assets                                    1,074.7     1,357.3
Property, plant and equipment                                447.2       420.5
Investment in associates                                       9.4        10.2
Deferred tax assets                                           46.6        74.3
                                                  ------   -------     -------
                                                           1,651.8     1,923.4
                                                  ------   -------     -------
Current assets
Inventories                                                    6.7         7.0
Trade and other receivables                                  142.7       134.9
Cash and cash equivalents                           13       211.6        32.8
                                                  ------   -------     -------
                                                             361.0       174.7
                                                  ------   -------      ------
Total assets                                               2,012.8     2,098.1
                                                  ------   -------     -------
Non-current liabilities
Borrowings                                          13      (294.3)     (346.3)
Obligations under finance leases                    13       (10.7)      (13.2)
Retirement benefit obligation                       15      (124.8)     (213.0)
Deferred tax liabilities                                    (366.8)     (482.4)
Provisions                                                    (6.5)       (8.9)
Derivative financial instruments                    11       (88.5)     (107.4)
                                                  ------   -------     -------
                                                            (891.6)   (1,171.2)
                                                  ------   -------     -------
Current liabilities
Borrowings                                          13       (48.5)       (4.0)
Trade and other payables                                    (173.2)     (163.3)
Current tax liabilities                                      (22.1)      (31.1)
Obligations under finance leases                    13        (2.9)       (2.8)
Provisions                                                    (7.4)       (2.5)
Derivative financial instruments                    11       (15.2)          -
                                                  ------   -------     -------
                                                            (269.3)     (203.7)
                                                  ------   -------     -------
Total liabilities                                         (1,160.9)   (1,374.9)
                                                  ------   -------     -------
Net assets                                                   851.9       723.2
                                                  ------   -------     -------
Equity
Share capital                                                (29.1)      (29.3)
Share premium account                                     (1,120.5)   (1,120.0)
Capital redemption reserve                                    (1.0)       (0.8)
Retained earnings and other reserves                         298.7       426.9
                                                  ------   -------     -------
Equity attributable to equity holders of the parent         (851.9)     (723.2)
                                                  ------   -------     -------
Total equity                                                (851.9)     (723.2)
                                                  ------   -------     -------


Consolidated cash flow statement
for the 52 weeks ended 30 December 2007 (52 weeks ended 31 December 2006)

                                                                         Notes       2007         2006
                                                                                       £m           £m
Cash flows from operating activities - continuing operations
Cash generated from operations                                            12        145.2        203.7
Income tax paid                                                                     (40.4)       (40.6)
                                                                       ------     --------     --------
Net cash inflow from operating activities                                           104.8        163.1
                                                                       ------     --------     --------
Investing activities
Interest received                                                                     5.2          0.3
Dividends received from associated undertakings                                       0.3          0.5
Proceeds on disposal of available-for-sale financial assets                             -          2.1
Proceeds on disposal of businesses                                        17         89.4          8.5
Proceeds on disposal of property, plant and equipment                                 2.6          2.1
Purchases of property, plant and equipment                                          (69.7)       (75.0)
Acquisition of subsidiary undertakings                                    16        (11.3)        (4.2)
                                                                        ------     --------     --------
Net cash from / (used in) investing activities                                       16.5        (65.7)
                                                                        ------     --------     --------
Financing activities
Dividends paid                                                             9        (63.7)       (63.7)
Interest paid on borrowings                                                         (33.7)       (31.0)
Interest paid on finance leases                                                      (0.8)        (1.0)
Increase in loan notes                                                    13          0.2            -
Repayment of borrowings                                                                 -        (40.1)
Repayment of obligations under finance leases                             13         (2.3)        (2.4)
Purchase of shares under share buy-back programme                                    (5.9)           -
Issue of ordinary share capital                                                       0.5          1.1
Decrease in bank overdrafts                                               13         (2.7)       (14.6)
                                                                        ------     --------     --------
Net cash used in financing activities                                              (108.4)      (151.7)
                                                                        ------     --------     --------
Net cash from discontinued operations                                               165.9         53.9
Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents                      13        178.8         (0.4
Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of period                      13         32.8         33.2
                                                                        ------     --------     --------
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of period                            13        211.6         32.8
                                                                        ------     --------     --------


Cash flow from discontinued operations
Net cash flow from operating activities                                              13.0         14.7
Net cash flow from investing activities                                   17        152.9         39.2
                                                                    ----------     --------     --------
Net movement in cash and cash equivalents                                           165.9         53.9
                                                                    ----------     --------     --------


Notes to the 2007 preliminary statement
for the 52 weeks ended 30 December 2007 (52 weeks ended 31 December 2006)

1. Basis of preparation

These financial statements have been prepared in accordance with International
Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and with those parts of the Companies Act
1985 applicable to Groups reporting under IFRS. These are subject to ongoing
amendment by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and subsequent
endorsement by the European Union and are therefore subject to change. As a
result, information contained herein will need to be updated for any subsequent
amendment to IFRS or any new standards that the Group may elect to adopt early.
The financial statements have been prepared under the historical cost convention
as modified by the revaluation of freehold properties which on transition to
IFRS were deemed to be the cost of the asset.

The information contained in this preliminary announcement for the 52 weeks
ended 30 December 2007 does not constitute statutory accounts within the meaning
of section 240 of the Companies Act 1985 but has been extracted from those
accounts. The statutory financial statements for the 52 weeks ended 31 December
2006 have been filed with the Registrar of Companies and those for the 52 weeks
ended 30 December 2007 will be filed following the Group's Annual General
Meeting on 8 May 2008. The auditors' report on those accounts was unqualified
and did not contain statements under section 237 (2) or 237 (3) of the Companies
Act 1985.

Whilst the financial information included in this preliminary announcement has
been computed in accordance with IFRS, this announcement does not itself contain
sufficient information to comply with IFRS. The Group expects to publish its
full IFRS financial statements for the 52 weeks ended 30 December 2007 on 28
March 2008.

2. Business and geographical segments

For management purposes, the continuing operations of the Group are currently
organised into the following divisions: Regionals, Nationals and Central costs.
These divisions are the basis on which the Group reports its primary segment
information. During 2007 the Sports division was disposed of and during 2006 the
Magazines and Exhibitions division was disposed of and these are shown within
discontinued operations. The secondary reporting segment is a geographical
source analysis of revenue.

The Regionals division publishes a large portfolio of newspaper and online
brands across the UK. The Nationals division, comprising the UK Nationals and
the Scottish Nationals, publishes two daily and three Sunday newspapers
complemented by a number of online brands. Central costs include costs not
attributed to specific divisions. The revenues and costs of each segment are
clearly identifiable and allocated according to where they arise.

Primary segment - business segment analysis

                                                                                               Continuing Discontinued
                                                     Regionals  Nationals  Central costs       operations   operations
                                                          2007       2007           2007             2007         2007
                                                            £m         £m             £m               £m           £m
Revenue
Segment sales                                            488.8      498.5              -            987.3         38.5
Inter-segment sales                                       (5.1)     (10.9)             -            (16.0)           -
                                                        -------   --------       --------         --------     --------
Total revenue                                            483.7      487.6              -            971.3         38.5
                                                        -------   --------       --------         --------     --------

Operating profit/(loss) before non-recurring items       112.6       94.3          (17.5)           189.4         12.9
and associates       
Non-recurring items                                     (153.4)         -           (6.9)          (160.3)       123.5
Share of results of associates                               -          -            0.3              0.3            -
                                                        -------   --------       --------         --------     --------
Operating profit/(loss) by segment                       (40.8)      94.3          (24.1)            29.4        136.4
                                                        -------   --------       --------
Investment revenues                                                                                   5.2            -
IAS 19 finance credit                                                                                12.3            -
Finance costs                                                                                       (25.9)           -
                                                                                                  --------     --------
Profit before tax                                                                                    21.0        136.4
Tax                                                                                                  46.8         (0.9)
                                                                                                  --------     --------
Profit for the period                                                                                67.8        135.5 
                                                                                                  --------     --------

Discontinued operations relate to the Sports division.


                                                                                               Continuing Discontinued
                                                     Regionals  Nationals  Central costs       operations   operations
                                                          2006       2006           2006             2006         2006
                                                            £m         £m             £m               £m           £m
                                                                              
Revenue Segment sales                                    535.9      486.4              -          1,022.3         69.6
Inter-segment sales                                       (4.8)     (14.0)             -            (18.8)           -
                                                       --------   --------       --------         --------     --------
Total revenue                                            531.1      472.4              -          1,003.5         69.6
                                                       --------   --------       --------         --------     --------

Operating profit/(loss) before non-recurring items       118.1       80.9          (14.7)           184.3         21.6
and associates
Non-recurring items                                     (251.0)         -            3.0           (248.0)        37.7
Share of results of associates                               -          -            1.3              1.3            -
                                                       --------   --------       --------         --------     --------
Operating (loss)/profit by segment                      (132.9)      80.9          (10.4)           (62.4)        59.3
                                                       --------   --------       --------
Investment revenues                                                                                   0.3            -
IAS 19 finance credit                                                                                 9.9            -
Finance costs                                                                                       (36.7)           -
                                                                                                  --------     --------
(Loss)/profit before tax                                                                            (88.9)        59.3
Tax                                                                                                  24.8         (6.7)
                                                       --------   --------       --------         --------     --------
(Loss)/profit for the period                                                                        (64.1)        52.6
                                                       --------   --------       --------         --------     --------

Discontinued operations relate to the Sports division (revenue £49.5 million,
operating profit £15.8 million and tax charge £4.9 million) and the Magazines
and Exhibitions division (revenue £20.1 million, operating profit £5.8 million,
non-recurring items £37.7 million and tax charge £1.8 million).

Secondary segment - geographical source segment analysis
Revenue analysis by geographical source                                                             2007          2006
                                                                                                      £m            £m

United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland                                                             965.2         997.3
Continental Europe                                                                                   5.4           5.8
Rest of world                                                                                        0.7           0.4
                                                                                                 --------      --------
Total - continuing operations                                                                      971.3       1,003.5
                                                                                                 --------      --------

All revenue relating to discontinued operations was in the United Kingdom and
Republic of Ireland.


3. Revenue

Revenue analysis by category                                                                      2007            2006
                                                                                                    £m              £m

Advertising                                                                                      520.7           542.9
Circulation                                                                                      359.6           358.6
Other                                                                                             91.0           102.0
                                                                                               --------        --------
Total - continuing operations                                                                    971.3         1,003.5
                                                                                               --------        --------

Revenue by category relating to discontinued operations comprised advertising
£10.8 million (2006: £19.9 million), circulation £24.7 million (2006: £34.0
million) and other £3.0 million (2006: £15.7 million).



4. Non-recurring items
                                                                                                       2007       2006
                                                                                                         £m         £m
Non-recurring items
Impairment of intangible assets (a)                                                                  (150.0)    (250.0)
Restructuring costs (b)                                                                               (10.4)      (2.4)
Profit on disposal of land and buildings (c)                                                            1.6        0.8
Loss on disposal of businesses (d)                                                                     (5.0)      (1.8)
Release of accruals (e)                                                                                 3.5        3.8
Profit on disposal of available-for-sale financial assets(f)                                              -        1.6
                                                                                                    --------    -------
Non-recurring items                                                                                  (160.3)    (248.0)
                                                                                                    --------    -------
(a)     An impairment review of the carrying value of the Group's intangible
assets undertaken in accordance with IAS 36, 'Impairment of Assets' indicated
that an impairment charge was required. The impairment charge reduced the
carrying value of the cash-generating units relating to the Midlands and the
South by £150.0 million (2006: £250.0 million) before tax. Net of tax, the
impairment reduced the carrying value by £108.0 million (2006: £175.0 million).
The current period impairment charge was based on comparing carrying value with
fair value less costs to sell as these cash-generating units were for sale
during the year. The review at the current period-end confirmed the impairment
charge and was based on comparing carrying value with value in use and fair
value less costs to sell. The prior period impairment charge was based on
comparing the carrying value with value in use and fair value less costs to
sell.

(b)     Restructuring severance costs of £10.4 million (2006: £2.4 million) have
been incurred in the delivery of cost reduction measures and implementation of
the technology-led operating model for the Group.

(c)     Disposal of surplus land and buildings realised a profit on disposal of
£1.6 million (2006: £0.8 million).

(d)     In 2007 the Group disposed of seven sub-regions within the South
realising a loss on disposal of £5.0 million (2006: the Group disposed of the
hotgroup traditional recruitment consultancy business realising a loss on
disposal of £1.8 million).

(e)     In 2007 the Group released accruals of £3.5 million (2006: £3.8 million)
for which no further costs are expected.

(f)      In 2006 the Group disposed of an asset realising a profit on disposal
of £1.6 million.


5. Investment revenues
                                                                                                  2007            2006*
                                                                                                    £m              £m
Interest income on bank deposits                                                                   5.2             0.3
                                                                                               --------        --------

* The comparatives have been amended as set out in note 6.


6. Finance costs
                                                                                                        2007      2006*
                                                                                                          £m        £m
                                                                                                     --------  --------
Interest on bank overdrafts and borrowings                                                              34.6      30.8
Interest on obligations under finance leases                                                             0.8       1.0
                                                                                                     --------  --------
Total interest expense                                                                                  35.4      31.8
Fair value (gain)/loss on cross-currency interest rate swaps
not in designated hedge accounting relationship                                                         (3.7)     50.8
Foreign exchange gain on retranslation of borrowings                                                    (5.8)    (45.9)
                                                                                                     --------  --------
Total finance costs                                                                                     25.9      36.7
                                                                                                     --------  --------

* The comparatives have been amended to separate investment revenues from
finance costs and to show more clearly the impact of the fair value change in
derivative financial instruments and the foreign exchange movement on
retranslation of borrowings which were previously presented as one line item of
£4.9 million.

The US private placement loan notes totalling US$602 million and £32 million
were issued in 2001 and 2002. The fixed rate US dollar and sterling interest and
US dollar capital repayments on these loan notes have been swapped into floating
rate sterling interest and sterling capital repayments through the use of
cross-currency interest rate swaps. As hedge accounting under 'IAS 39 Financial
Instruments: Recognition and Measurement' has not been applied, the loan notes
are disclosed at amortised cost and translated into sterling at the prevailing
period-end exchange rate and the cross-currency interest rate swaps are
disclosed at fair value at the period-end date.


7. Tax
                                                          
Tax credit on continuing operations                                                                    2007       2006
                                                                                                         £m         £m
                                                                                                    --------   --------
Current tax
Corporation tax charge for the period                                                                 (33.5)     (34.9)
Prior-period adjustment                                                                                   -       (0.9)
                                                                                                    --------   --------
Current tax charge                                                                                    (33.5)     (35.8)
                                                                                                    --------   --------
Deferred tax
Tax credit for the period                                                                              44.1       60.8
Change in tax rates                                                                                    30.0          -
Prior-period adjustment                                                                                 6.2       (0.2)
                                                                                                    --------   --------
Deferred tax credit                                                                                    80.3       60.6
                                                                                                    --------   --------
Total tax credit - continuing operations                                                               46.8       24.8
                                                                                                    --------   --------

                                                                                                       2007       2006
Tax charge on discontinued operations                                                                    £m         £m
                                                                                                    --------   --------
Tax charge on profit for the period                                                                    (3.9)      (6.7)
Tax credit on profit on sale of discontinued operations                                                 3.0          -
                                                                                                    --------   --------
Total tax charge - discontinued operations                                                             (0.9)      (6.7)
                                                                                                    --------   --------
                                                                                           
Reconciliation of tax credit - continuing operations                                                   2007       2006
                                                                                                          %          %
                                                                                                    --------   --------
Standard rate of corporation tax                                                                       30.0       30.0
Tax effect of items that are not deductible in determining taxable profit/(loss)                       24.0       (2.8)
Tax effect of items that are not taxable in determining taxable profit/(loss)                          (1.1)       0.2
Tax effect of utilisation of tax losses not previously recognised in determining taxable profit/(loss) (1.1)       0.7
Tax effect of share of results of associates                                                           (0.4)       0.4
Tax effect of rolled-over and revaluation gains                                                           -        0.6
Tax effect of chargeable gains                                                                          8.0          -
Tax effect of business disposals                                                                     (116.3)         -
Impact on the opening deferred tax position of the future change in tax rate                         (143.2)         -
Impact of the current period deferred tax charge of the future change in tax rate                       6.2          -
Prior-period adjustment                                                                               (29.0)      (1.2)
                                                                                                    --------   --------
Tax charge rate - continuing operations                                                              (222.9)      27.9
                                                                                                    --------   --------

The standard rate of corporation tax is the UK prevailing rate of 30% (2006:
30%). The impact of the change in the standard rate of corporation tax to 28%
from 1 April 2008 has resulted in the opening deferred tax provision being
recalculated with a £30.0 million credit in the income statement and a £2.8
million debit taken directly to equity.

The deferred tax credit includes £42.0 million (2006: £75.0 million) in relation
to the impairment charge with respect to intangible assets and £25.0 million
(2006: £nil) in relation to the disposal of the seven sub-regions in the South.
In addition to the amount credited to the income statement, current tax of £1.2
million relating to the actuarial losses on the defined benefit pension schemes
has been credited to equity (2006: deferred tax of £18.8 million relating to the
actuarial gains on the defined benefit pension schemes was debited to equity).


8. Discontinued operations

On 1 October 2007 the Group sold its Sports division and during June and July
2006 the Group sold its Magazines and Exhibitions division. The results of these
discontinued operations, which have been included in the consolidated income
statement, were as follows:

                                                                                    2007      2006      2006      2006
                                                                                  Sports    Sports       M&E     Total
                                                                                      £m        £m        £m        £m

Revenue                                                                             38.5      49.5      20.1      69.6
Cost of sales                                                                      (18.8)    (24.4)    (11.5)    (35.9)
                                                                                 --------  --------  --------  --------
Gross profit                                                                        19.7      25.1       8.6      33.7
Distribution costs                                                                  (3.6)     (5.9)     (0.5)     (6.4)
Administrative expenses                                                             (3.2)     (3.4)     (2.3)     (5.7)
                                                                                 --------  --------  --------  --------
Operating profit                                                                    12.9      15.8       5.8      21.6
Tax charge (note 7)                                                                 (3.9)     (4.9)     (1.8)     (6.7)
                                                                                 --------  --------  --------  --------
Profit for the period from discontinued operations                                   9.0      10.9       4.0      14.9
                                                                                 --------  --------  --------  --------

Profit before tax on sale of discontinued operations                               123.5         -      37.7      37.7
Tax credit on sale of discontinued operations (note 7)                               3.0         -         -         -
                                                                                 --------  --------  --------  --------
Profit on sale of discontinued operations                                          126.5         -      37.7      37.7
                                                                                 --------  --------  --------  --------


9. Dividends
                                                                                                        2007      2006
                                                                                                          £m        £m
                                                                                                     --------  --------
Amounts recognised as distributions to equity holders in the period:
Dividend paid (a)                                                                                       63.7      63.7
                                                                                                     --------  --------

                                                                                                       Pence     Pence
                                                                                                     --------  --------
Dividend paid per share                                                                                 21.9      21.9
                                                                                                     --------  --------

                                                                                                          £m        £m
                                                                                                     --------  --------

Dividend proposed but not paid nor included in the accounting records (b)                               45.2      45.4
                                                                                                     --------  --------

                                                                                                       Pence     Pence
                                                                                                     --------  --------
Dividend proposed per share                                                                             15.5      15.5
                                                                                                     --------  --------

(a) The amount of £63.7 million in 2007 is in respect of the final dividend for
the 52 weeks ended 31 December 2006 of 15.5 pence per share and the interim
dividend for the 52 weeks ended 30 December 2007 of 6.4 pence per share; the
amount of £63.7 million in 2006 is in respect of the final dividend for the 52
weeks ended 1 January 2006 of 15.5 pence per share and the interim dividend for
the 52 weeks ended 31 December 2006 of 6.4 pence per share.

(b) The amount of £45.2 million in 2007 represents the proposed final dividend
for the 52 weeks ended 30 December 2007, which is subject to approval by
shareholders at the Annual General Meeting on 8 May 2008 and as such is not
reflected as a liability in these financial statements; the amount of £45.4
million in 2006 represents the proposed final dividend for the 52 weeks ended 31
December 2006. The proposed final dividend of £45.2 million for the 52 weeks
ended 30 December 2007 has been calculated based on the issued share capital at
30 December 2007. The actual payment is expected to be lower as a consequence of
a £175 million share buy-back programme which commended in December 2007.


10. Earnings per share

Earnings                                                                                                2007      2006

                                                                                                          £m        £m

Profit after tax before adjusted items*                                                                132.6     131.7
Adjusted items*:
Sports division profit (after tax)                                                                      (9.0)    (10.9)
Magazines and Exhibitions division profit (after tax)                                                      -      (4.0)
Non-recurring items (after tax)                                                                        (88.1)   (173.0)
Amortisation of intangibles (after tax)                                                                 (4.5)     (7.4)
Impact of the fair value gain/(loss) on cross-currency interest rate swaps (after tax)                   2.7     (35.2)
Foreign exchange gain on retranslation of borrowings (after tax)                                         4.1      31.8
Reduction in charge for the share-based payments relating to 2004 and 2005 (after tax)                     -       2.9
Tax credit resulting from the future change in tax rate                                                 30.0         -
                                                                                                     --------  --------
Profit/(loss) for the period from continuing operations                                                 67.8     (64.1)
Profit for the period from discontinued operations                                                     135.5      52.6
                                                                                                     --------  --------
Profit/(loss) for the period attributable to equity holders of the parent                              203.3     (11.5)
                                                                                                     --------  --------

* Adjusted items relate to discontinued operations, non-recurring items, the
amortisation of intangible assets, the retranslation of foreign currency
borrowings, the impact of fair value changes on derivative financial
instruments, the impact of the change in tax rate on the opening deferred tax
position and the reduction in the charge for share-based payments relating to
2004 and 2005 which was recognised in 2006. A reconciliation between the
adjusted and the statutory numbers is provided in note 18 on page 25.

Discontinued operations relate to the Sports division disposed in October 2007
and the Magazines and Exhibitions division disposed of in June and July 2006.
Basic earnings per share is calculated by dividing profit attributable to equity
holders by the weighted average number of ordinary shares during the period.
Diluted earnings per share is calculated by adjusting the weighted average
number of ordinary shares in issue on the assumption of conversion of all
potentially dilutive ordinary shares. Potential ordinary shares are treated as
dilutive only when their conversion to ordinary shares would decrease earnings
per share or increase loss per share.

Number of shares                                                                                        000        000

Weighted average number of ordinary shares for the purpose of basic earnings per share              291,148    291,207
Effect of dilutive potential ordinary shares - share options                                            265        711
                                                                                                    --------   --------
Weighted average number of ordinary shares for the purpose of diluted earnings per share            291,413    291,918
                                                                                                    --------   --------


Earnings per share - pence                                                                             Pence     Pence
                                                                                                     --------  --------
Adjusted earnings* per share - basic                                                                    45.5      45.2
                                                                                                     --------  --------
Adjusted earnings* per share - diluted                                                                  45.5      45.1
                                                                                                     --------  --------
Earnings/(loss) per share - continuing operations - basic                                               23.3     (22.0)
                                                                                                     --------  --------
Earnings/(loss) per share - continuing operations - diluted                                             23.3     (22.0)
                                                                                                     --------  --------
Earnings per share - discontinued operations - basic                                                    46.6      18.0
                                                                                                     --------  --------
Earnings per share - discontinued operations - diluted                                                  46.5      18.0
                                                                                                     --------  --------
Earnings/(loss) per share - total operations - basic                                                    69.9      (4.0)
                                                                                                     --------  --------
Earnings/(loss) per share - total operations - diluted                                                  69.8      (4.0)
                                                                                                     --------  --------

* Adjusted items relate to discontinued operations, non-recurring items, the
amortisation of intangible assets, the retranslation of foreign currency
borrowings, the impact of fair value changes on derivative financial
instruments, the impact of the change in tax rate on the opening deferred tax
position and the reduction in the charge for share-based payments relating to
2004 and 2005 which was recognised in 2006. A reconciliation between the
adjusted and the statutory numbers is provided in note 18 on page 25.

The basic earnings per share for each category of non-recurring items disclosed
in note 4 is as follows:

                                                                                                      Pence      Pence
Impairment of intangible assets                                                                       (37.1)     (60.1)
Restructuring costs                                                                                    (2.8)      (0.6)
(Loss)/profit on disposal of land and buildings                                                        (0.2)       0.2
Profit/(loss) on disposal of businesses                                                                 9.0       (0.5)
Release of accruals                                                                                     0.9        1.2
Profit on disposal of available-for-sale financial assets                                                 -        0.4
                                                                                                    --------   --------
Earnings per share - non-recurring items                                                              (30.2)     (59.4)
                                                                                                    --------   --------

11. Derivative financial instruments

The movement in the fair value of cross-currency interest rate swaps is as
follows:
                                                                                                       2007       2006
                                                                                                         £m         £m

Opening balance                                                                                      (107.4)     (56.6)
Movement in fair value                                                                                  3.7      (50.8)
                                                                                                    --------   --------
Closing balance                                                                                      (103.7)    (107.4)
                                                                                                    --------   --------

The derivative financial instruments are analysed between current and non-current as follows:

                                                                                                       2007       2006
                                                                                                         £m         £m
Current                                                                                               (15.2)         -
Non-current                                                                                           (88.5)    (107.4)
                                                                                                    --------   --------
                                                                                                     (103.7)    (107.4)
                                                                                                    --------   --------

The Group uses cross-currency interest rate swaps to manage its exposure to
foreign exchange movements and interest rate movements on its private placements
by swapping these borrowings from US dollar and sterling fixed rates to sterling
floating rates. Fair value has been calculated using discounted cash flows based
upon forward interest rates available to the Group at the balance sheet date.
The Group does not currently designate its cross-currency interest rate swaps as
hedging instruments and changes in the fair value of the swaps have been charged
to the income statement in the period.


12. Notes to the cash flow statement

                                                                                                        2007      2006
                                                                                                          £m        £m
Operating profit/(loss) from continuing operations                                                      29.4     (62.4)
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment                                                           36.4      39.8
Amortisation of other intangible assets                                                                  6.3      10.6
Share of result of associates                                                                           (0.3)     (1.3)
Impairment of other intangible assets                                                                  150.0     250.0
Charge for share-based payments                                                                          2.9       2.4
Credit for share-based payments in respect of 2004 and 2005                                                -      (4.2)
Profit on disposal of land and buildings                                                                (1.6)     (0.8)
Profit on disposal of available-for-sale financial assets                                                  -      (1.6)
Loss on disposal of businesses                                                                           5.0       1.8
Adjustment for pension funding *                                                                       (80.3)    (19.3)
                                                                                                     --------  --------
Operating cash flows before movements in working capital                                               147.8     215.0
Decrease in inventories                                                                                  0.3       0.2
(Increase)/decrease in receivables                                                                     (11.5)      6.7
Increase/(decrease) in payables                                                                          8.6     (18.2)
                                                                                                     --------  --------
Cash generated from operations - continuing operations                                                 145.2     203.7
                                                                                                     --------  --------

* This includes £53.7 million of special contributions and £3.2 million of
section 75 payments directly linked to the disposal of the Sports division in
2007 and the Magazines and Exhibitions division in 2006.


13. Net debt

                                                                           Loans               Other non-
                                  31 December      Cash      Income       repaid/                   -cash   30 December
                                         2006      flow   statement*      (drawn)    Transfer     changes          2007
                                           £m        £m          £m           £m           £m          £m            £m

Non-current
Loan notes                              (346.3)       -          5.8            -        46.2           -       (294.3)
Derivative financial instruments        (107.4)       -          3.7            -        15.2           -        (88.5)
Obligations underfinance leases          (13.2)       -           -           2.3         0.1         0.1        (10.7)
                                       --------  -------     -------        -------   -------       -------    --------
                                        (466.9)       -          9.5          2.3        61.5         0.1       (393.5)
                                       --------  -------     -------        -------   -------       -------    --------
Current 
Bank overdrafts                           (3.3)     2.7           -              -         -            -         (0.6)
Loan notes                                (0.7)       -           -          (0.2)      (46.2)       (0.8)       (47.9)
Derivative financial instruments             -        -           -              -      (15.2)          -        (15.2)
Obligations under finance leases          (2.8)       -           -              -       (0.1)          -         (2.9)
                                       --------  -------     -------        -------   -------       -------    --------
                                          (6.8)     2.7           -          (0.2)      (61.5)       (0.8)       (66.6)
                                       --------  -------     -------        -------   -------       -------    --------
Cash and cash equivalents                  32.8   178.8           -              -         -            -        211.6
                                       --------  -------     -------        -------   -------       -------    --------
Net debt                                (440.9)   181.5          9.5          2.1         -          (0.7)      (248.5)
                                       --------  -------     -------        -------   -------       -------    --------

*The impact on the loans notes of translation into sterling at the prevailing
period-end exchange rate and the impact on the derivative financial instruments
of being stated at fair value at the period-end date are included in the income
statement within finance costs as set out in note 6.

Cash and cash equivalents represent the sum of the Group's bank balances and
cash in hand at the balance sheet date as disclosed on the face of the balance
sheet.

14. Share-based payments

During the period 745,552 (2006: 757,971) share awards were granted to senior
managers on a discretionary basis under the Long Term Incentive Plan approved in
2004 and amended in 2006. The exercise price of the granted awards is £1 for
each block of awards granted. The awards vest after three years, subject to the
continued employment of the participant and satisfaction of certain performance
conditions.

During the period 343,196 (2006: 206,369) share awards were granted to senior
managers on a discretionary basis under the Deferred Share Award Plan approved
in 2006. The exercise price of the granted awards is £1 for each block of awards
granted. The awards vest after three years, subject to continued employment of
the participant.

Shares held for share-based payments are included in retained earnings and other
reserves at £11.9 million (31 December 2006: £11.9 million).


15. Retirement benefit schemes

Defined benefit pension schemes

The Group operates 10 defined benefit pension schemes for certain employees
which were closed to new employees with effect from January 2003. All new
employees are entitled to participate in a defined contribution plan, the
Trinity Mirror Pension Plan.

Following the disposals completed in 2007, agreement was reached with the
Trustees to make payments totalling £107.5 million into the final salary pension
schemes in addition to the deficit payments already made in the period. On 30
December 2007, £37.5 million and on 24 December 2007 a further £16.2 million was
paid into the schemes with the balance of £53.8 million paid on 4 January 2008.

Valuations have been performed in accordance with the requirements of IAS 19
with scheme liabilities calculated using a consistent projected unit valuation
method and compared to the market value of the schemes' assets at 30 December
2007.

Based on actuarial advice, the financial assumptions used in calculating the
schemes' liabilities, the actuarial value of scheme liabilities and the actual
return on scheme assets under IAS 19 are:

Principal annual actuarial assumptions used :                                                       2007          2006
                                                                                                       %             %
Discount rate                                                                                       5.80          5.10
Inflation rate                                                                                      3.30          3.00
Expected return on scheme assets                                                               4.50-7.10     4.40-7.30
Expected rate of salary increases                                                                   4.35          4.00
Pension increases:
    Pre 6 April 1997 pensions                                                                  3.00-5.00     3.00-5.00
    Post 6 April 1997 pensions                                                                 3.30-3.80     3.00-3.50
    In deferment                                                                                    3.30          3.00

                                                                                                      £m            £m
                                                                                                ---------       -------
Actuarial value of scheme liabilities                                                            1,538.5       1,511.0
Actual return on scheme assets                                                                      81.7          97.1
                                                                                                ---------       -------

Post-retirement mortality                 Future life expectancy (years) for a       Future life expectancy (years) at
tables and future life                             pensioner currently aged 65              age 65 for a non-pensioner
expectancies at age 65                                                                               currently aged 55
                                    
                                                             Male         Female                 Male           Female
At 31 December 2006                                          18.6           21.3                 19.6             22.4
At 30 December 2007                                          20.1           23.0                 21.6             24.4



The amount included in the balance sheet arising from the Group's obligations in
respect of its defined benefit pension schemes is as follows:
                                                                                                  2007            2006
                                                                                                    £m              £m
                                                                                              --------         -------
Net scheme liabilities:
Present value of funded obligations                                                           (1,538.5)       (1,511.0)
Fair value of schemes' assets                                                                  1,458.9         1,322.9
Effect of asset ceiling                                                                          (45.2)          (24.9)
                                                                                              --------          -------
                                                                                                (124.8)         (213.0)
                                                                                              --------         -------

This amount is presented as follows:
Current liabilities                                                                                  -               -
Non-current liabilities                                                                         (124.8)         (213.0)
                                                                                               --------         -------
                                                                                                (124.8)         (213.0)
                                                                                               --------         -------


                                                                                                   2007           2006
                                                                                                     £m             £m
                                                                                               --------         -------
Amounts recognised in the income statement:
Current service cost                                                                              27.0            30.4
Past service cost                                                                                  0.8             0.8
                                                                                               --------         -------
Total included in staff costs                                                                     27.8            31.2
                                                                                               --------         -------
Expected return on scheme assets                                                                 (87.7)          (81.6)
Interest cost on pension schemes' liabilities                                                     75.4            71.7
                                                                                               --------         -------
Net finance credit                                                                               (12.3)           (9.9)
                                                                                               --------         -------
Total included in the income statement                                                            15.5            21.3
                                                                                               --------         -------

Movement not recognised in income statement:
Actuarial gains                                                                                   16.0            84.5
Effects of asset ceiling                                                                         (20.3)          (21.8)
                                                                                               ---------        -------
Total included in statement of recognised income and expense                                      (4.3)           62.7
                                                                                               ---------        -------

Movement in deficits during the period:
Opening deficits                                                                                (213.0)         (305.6)
Contributions                                                                                    108.0            51.2
Total charge to income statement                                                                 (15.5)          (21.3)
Actuarial gains                                                                                   16.0            84.5
Effect of asset ceiling                                                                          (20.3)          (21.8)
                                                                                               ---------        -------
Closing deficits                                                                                (124.8)         (213.0)
                                                                                               ---------        -------


Defined contribution pension schemes
                                                                                                   2007           2006
                                                                                                     £m             £m
Amounts recognised in the income statement:
Current service cost                                                                               1.1             1.0
                                                                                               ---------        -------

16. Acquisition of subsidiary undertakings

On 4 May 2007, the Group acquired 100% of Totallylegal.com Limited and its
subsidiary Totallyfinancial.com Ltd for £11.8 million cash plus £0.2 million of
transaction costs. On 28 November 2007, the Group acquired 100% of Globespan
Media Limited for £0.9 million through the issue of loan notes, a maximum of
£5.0 million deferred consideration plus £0.2 million of transaction costs. The
results of the acquisitions have been included in the Regionals division in
continuing operations.

The net assets acquired and the goodwill arising are as follows:

                                                 Totallylegal.com Limited              Globespan Media Limited

                                     Acquiree's                               Acquiree's
                                       carrying                                 carrying
                                         amount                                   amount           
Net assets                               before    Fair value                     before    Fair value    
acquired                            combination   adjustments   Fair value   combination   adjustments    Fair Value
                                             £m            £m           £m            £m            £m            £m
                                     --------       --------      --------      --------      --------        --------
Fixed assets                                -              -             -           0.1          (0.1)             -
Cash and cash equivalents                 0.8              -           0.8           0.1             -            0.1
Current assets                            0.7           (0.1)          0.6           0.8             -            0.8
Current liabilities                      (1.2)          (1.3)         (2.5)         (0.9)         (0.4)          (1.3)
Non-current liabilities                     -           (0.9)         (0.9)         (0.3)         (0.9)          (1.2)
                                     --------       --------      --------      --------      --------        --------
                                          0.3           (2.3)         (2.0)         (0.2)         (1.4)          (1.6)
Intangible assets                                                      3.2                                        2.6
Goodwill                                                              10.8                                        3.3
                                     --------       --------      --------      --------      --------        --------
Total consideration                                                   12.0                                        4.3
                                     --------       --------      --------      --------      --------        --------

Fair value adjustments reflect the alignment of the acquiree's accounting
policies with those of the Group. The goodwill arising on the acquisition is
attributed to the anticipated profitability and market share of the acquiree in
its new markets and the anticipated synergies with other acquisitions.

Total consideration:                                Totallylegal.com Limited       Globespan Media Limited       Total
                                                                          £m                            £m          £m

Satisfied by:
Cash consideration paid                                                 11.8                             -        11.8
Directly attributable acquisition costs                                  0.2                           0.2         0.4
Loan notes                                                                 -                           0.9         0.9
                                                             ---------------                --------------      --------
Total cash payable                                                      12.0                           1.1        13.1
Deferred consideration                                                     -                           3.2         3.2
                                                             ---------------                --------------      --------
Total consideration                                                     12.0                           4.3        16.3
                                                             ---------------                --------------      --------

Net cash outflow arising on acquisition:
                                                    Totallylegal.com Limted         Globespan Media Limited      Total
                                                                         £m                              £m         £m
Consideration paid                                                     (12.0)                         (0.2)      (12.2)
Cash and cash equivalents                                                0.8                           0.1         0.9
                                                              ---------------              --------------       --------
Net cash outflow                                                       (11.2)                         (0.1       (11.3)
                                                              ---------------              --------------       --------

The revenue and operating profit post acquisition of Totallylegal.com Limited
amounted to £1.9 million and £0.7 million respectively and that of Globespan
Media Limited amounted to £0.2 million and £nil respectively.


17. Disposal of businesses

On 1 October 2007 the Group disposed of its Sports division and during July and
August 2007 the Group disposed of seven-sub regions of its Regional business in
the South. During June and July 2006 the Group disposed of its Magazines and
Exhibitions division and on 11 August 2006 the Group disposed of its traditional
recruitment consultancy business acquired.

                                                                                  Magazines
                                                                                        and
                                              Sports        South       2007    Exhibitions        hotgroup       2006
                                                                       Total                    traditional      Total
                                                  £m           £m         £m              £m             £m         £m
Goodwill                                           -          1.0        1.0             1.6            4.1        5.7
Other intangible assets                         42.8         89.3      132.1               -            6.9        6.9
Property, plant and equipment                    2.9          2.6        5.5             0.2            0.3        0.5
Trade and other receivables                      5.2          2.7        7.9             6.3            4.5       10.8
Cash and cash equivalents                        3.9            -        3.9             1.0            0.5        1.5
Long-term provisions                           (12.0)           -      (12.0)              -           (2.9)      (2.9)
Obligations under finance leases                (0.1)           -       (0.1)              -              -          -
Trade and other payables                        (9.9)        (1.2)     (11.1)           (6.9)          (2.2)      (9.1)
                                               -------      -------   -------          -------       -------    -------
                                                32.8         94.4      127.2             2.2           11.2       13.4
Profit/(loss) on disposal                      126.5         (5.0)     121.5            37.7           (1.8)      35.9
                                               -------      -------   -------          -------       -------    -------
Total consideration                            159.3         89.4      248.7            39.9            9.4       49.3
                                               -------      -------   -------          -------       -------    -------

Satisfied by:
Cash consideration                             170.0         92.9      262.9            41.9           10.8       52.7
Cash disposal costs                            (13.2)        (3.5)     (16.7)           (1.7)          (1.8)      (3.5)
                                               -------      -------   -------          -------       -------    -------
                                               156.8         89.4      246.2            40.2            9.0        49.2
Deferred consideration                           2.5            -        2.5             0.7            0.4        1.1
Deferred disposal costs                            -            -          -            (1.0)             -       (1.0)
                                               -------      -------   -------          -------       -------    -------
Total consideration                            159.3         89.4      248.7            39.9            9.4       49.3
                                               -------      -------   -------          -------       -------    -------
        
Net cash flow arising on disposal:
Cash consideration                             156.8         89.4      246.2            40.2            9.0       49.2
Cash disposed                                   (3.9)           -       (3.9)           (1.0)          (0.5)      (1.5)
                                               -------      -------   -------          -------       -------    -------
Net cash inflow                                152.9         89.4      242.3            39.2            8.5       47.7
                                               -------      -------   -------          -------       -------    -------


Included within cash disposal costs for the sports division is £10.0 million of
donations to charities connected to the horse racing industry following the sale
of the Sports division.


18.                Reconciliation of Group statutory results to adjusted results

As set out in note 17, the Group has made a number of disposals in 2007 and
2006. The Sports division and Magazines and Exhibitions division have been
treated as discontinued operations. The seven sub-regions in the South and the
hotgroup traditional recruitment consultancy business are included with
continuing operations. For the purposes of the reconciliation below all of the
disposals are included in disposed businesses. Retained businesses relate to the
activities which the Group continue to own.

                   Continuing
                   operations                  Magazines        Non-                   
                    statutory                        and   recurring                     Finance
                       result     Sports     Exhibitions       items      Amortisation     costs    Other    Adjusted
                          (a)         (b)            (b)         (c)               (d)        (e)     (f)      Result
2007                      £m          £m             £m           £m               £m         £m       £m          £m
Revenue

Retained Businesses     932.3           -              -             -              -           -        -      932.3
Disposed Businesses      39.0        38.5              -             -              -           -        -       77.5
                       -------      ------       -------       -------       --------      -------   ------     -------
Total                   971.3        38.5              -             -              -           -        -     1,009.8
                       -------      ------       -------       -------       --------      -------   ------     -------
Operating profit

Retained Businesses      24.5           -             -          155.3            6.3           -       -        186.1
Disposed Businesses       4.9        12.9             -            5.0             -            -       -         22.8
                       -------      ------       -------       -------       --------      -------  ------      -------
Total                    29.4        12.9             -          160.3            6.3           -       -        208.9
                       -------      ------       -------       -------       --------      -------  ------      -------

Profitbefore tax         21.0        12.9             -          160.3            6.3         (9.5)     -        191.0
                       -------      ------       -------       -------       --------      -------  ------      -------

Profit after tax         67.8         9.0             -           88.1            4.5         (6.8)  (30.0)      132.6
                       -------      ------       -------       -------       --------      -------  ------      -------

                       pence        pence         pence          pence         pence         pence   pence        pence
Basic earnings          23.3          3.1             -           30.2            1.5          (2.3)  (10.3)       45.5
per share              -------      ------       -------       -------      --------        -------  ------     -------


                   Continuing
                   operations                  Magazines        Non-                   
                    statutory                        and   recurring                     Finance
                       result     Sports     Exhibitions       items      Amortisation     costs    Other    Adjusted
                          (a)         (b)            (b)         (c)               (d)        (e)     (f)      Result
2006                      £m          £m             £m           £m               £m         £m       £m          £m
Revenue
Retained Businesses     917.2           -             -             -             -              -       -       917.2
Disposed Businesses      86.3        49.5          20.1             -             -              -       -       155.9
                       -------      ------       -------       -------      --------        -------  ------     -------
Total                 1,003.5        49.5          20.1             -             -              -       -     1,073.1
                       -------      ------       -------       -------      --------        -------  ------     -------
Operating (loss)/profit
Retained Businesses     (70.4)          -             -         248.0            5.7             -    (3.6)      179.7
Disposed Businesses       8.0        15.8           5.8             -            4.9             -    (0.6)       33.9
                       -------      ------       -------       -------      --------        -------  ------     -------
Total                   (62.4)       15.8           5.8         248.0          10.6              -    (4.2)      213.6
                       -------      ------       -------       -------      --------        -------  ------     -------

(Loss)/profit           (88.9)       15.8           5.8         248.0           10.6           4.9    (4.2)      192.0
before tax             -------      ------       -------       -------      --------        -------  ------     -------

(Loss)/profit           (64.1)       10.9           4.0         173.0            7.4           3.4    (2.9)      131.7
after tax              -------      ------       -------       -------      --------        -------  ------     -------

                        pence       pence         pence         pence          pence          pence   pence      pence
Basic (loss)/
earnings per share      (22.0)        3.7           1.4          59.4            2.5            1.2   (1.0)       45.2
                      -------      ------       -------        -------      --------        -------  ------     -------

(a)     Earnings/(loss) per share on continuing operations excluding
discontinued operations (Sports division and Magazines and Exhibitions
division).

(b)     Sports division and Magazines and Exhibitions division trading results
included as discontinued operations on the face of the income statement.

(c)     Non-recurring items include the items set out in note 4 on page 16 and
the related tax on these items together with the prior-period deferred tax
adjustment set out in note 7 on page 17.

(d)     Amortisation of intangible assets.

(e)     Finance costs relate to the impact on the loan notes of translation into
sterling at the prevailing period-end exchange rate and the impact on the
derivative financial instruments of being stated at fair value at the period-end
date as set out in note 13 on page 20.

(f)       Other in 2007 relates to the impact of the change in tax rate from 30%
to 28% on the opening deferred tax position and in 2006 to the impact of the
share-based payments credit for 2004 and 2005.


19.                Post balance sheet events

On 4 January 2008 the Group made a payment of £53.8 million into the defined
benefit pension schemes as set out in note 15 on page 21.

On 15 January 2008 the Group announced the acquisition of The Career Engineer
Limited for an initial consideration of £1.9 million and a deferred
consideration of up to £0.4 million.

Since the period-end the Group has continued with the £175 million share
buy-back programme announced on 19 December 2007. As at 28 February 2008, 21.5 
million ordinary shares have been purchased at a cost of £70.1 million.









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