Earnings per share (EPS)

Adjusted Earnings per share, which excludes non-recurring items, increased by 11.3% to €0.96 in 2016 (2015: €0.87).
Earnings per share increased by 8.7% to €0.92 in 2016 (2015: €0.84).
The weighted average number of shares outstanding was 252,623,738 in 2016 (2015: 252,427,917).
On a fully diluted basis, EPS was €0.91 in 2016 (2015: €0.84)