While a trading update might have been anticipated the departure of the CEO is a major surprise. The return of the Chairman to the CEO role as an interim measure provides an element of reassurance and continuity, as does the commitment to an increased final dividend despite a cut of 9% to FY17 EPS. The UK declines are concerning, however it is not the largest regional contributor. We believe the larger US and export market contributions and recent order intake should provide a solid foundation for future growth, with the invest and grow strategy to remain in focus.

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