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Financial performance

  2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
Sales (£m) 1,292.0 1,336.0 1,632.0 1,604.2 1,525.6
LFL sales growth (%)  +9.7 -10.7 +0.4 +5.2 +6.2
Adjusted operating profit(£m)  209.4  173.6 258.1 248.3 239.3
Adjusted operating margin(%)  16.2 13.0 15.8 15.5 15.7
Adjusted profit before tax1 (£m)  204.3 166.4  247.4 241.4 234.2
Adjusted earnings per share1 (p)  140.7 112.1 168.0 164.9 154.6
Dividend per share (p)  71.8 68.4 65.1 61.0  56.5
Adjusted cash flow conversion (%)  96 141 91 59 77
Return on gross capital employed1 (%)  13.2 9.8 13.5 13.7 14.6

1. The adjusted performance measures represent the statutory results excluding certain non-operational items.