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Ashtead Group PLC (AHT)

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Wednesday 02 January, 2008

Ashtead Group PLC

Transaction in Own Shares

Ashtead Group PLC
02 January 2008

Ashtead Group PLC (the 'Company') announces that on 02 January 2008 it purchased
through ABN AMRO Hoare Govett 425,000 ordinary shares at an average price of
83.33 pence per share.

The Company intends to hold these shares in Treasury.

Following the purchase of these shares, the Company holds 4,277,000 of its
shares in Treasury and has 557,269,803 shares in issue (excluding Treasury

This number (557,269,803) represents the total voting rights in the Company and
may be used by shareholders as the denominator for the calculations by which
they will determine if they are required to notify their interest in, or a
change to their interest in, Ashtead Group PLC under the FSA's Disclosure and
Transparency Rules.

Ashtead Group plc 020 7726 9740
Eric Watkins

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