Earnings per share according to IFRS are affected by the purchase price allocation for acquisitions and other special factors. To enhance comparability, we also determine core net income after eliminating amortization and impairments of intangible assets, impairments of property, plant and equipment, and special items in EBITDA including the related tax effects.
From this core net income we calculate core earnings per share in the same way as earnings per share. Core earnings per share form the basis for our dividend policy. Core earnings per share in 2010 amounted to €4.19 (2009: €3.64).
The calculation of earnings per share according to IFRS is explained in Note 
to the consolidated financial statements. The (adjusted) core net income, core earnings per share and core EBIT are not defined in IFRS.