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Taylor Nelson Sofres (TNS)

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Wednesday 18 August, 1999

Taylor Nelson Sofres

Holding in Company

TAYLOR NELSON SOFRES PLC


                    DEALINGS BY SUBSTANTIAL SHAREHOLDERS

1)  NAME OF COMPANY
  
    TAYLOR NELSON SOFRES PLC

2)  NAME OF SHAREHOLDER HAVING A MAJOR INTEREST

    SCOTTISH EQUITABLE

3)  Please state whether notification indicates that it is in respect of holding
    of the Shareholder named in 2 above or in respect of a non-beneficial
    interest or in the case of an individual holder if it is a holding of that
    person's spouse or children under the age of 18

    NON-BENEFICIAL

4)  Name of the registered holder(s) and, if more than one holder, the number of
    shares held by each of them.

    SEE BELOW

5)  Number of shares/amount of stock acquired.

    525,000

6)  0.14% of issued Class

7)  Number of shares/amount of stock disposed

    N/A

8)  ( N/A %) of issued Class

9)  Class of security

    ORDINARY 5 PENCE

10) Date of transaction
 
    NOT GIVEN

11) Date company informed

    18 AUGUST 1999

12) Total holding following this notification

    12,075,000  

13) Total percentage holding of issued class following this notification

    3.13%

14) Any additional information

    SEE BELOW

15) Name of contact and telephone number for queries

    JUDITH GEORGE - 0181 967 4108

16) Name and signature of authorised company official responsible for making
    this notification

    JUDITH GEORGE

    Date of Notification..18 AUGUST 1999........


LETTER TO:  TAYLOR NELSON SOFRES

Disclosure of Interest in Shares
Companies Act 1985, Part IV

We hereby give intimation that, following a purchase of shares in the Company,
the notifiable interest held by Scottish Equitable plc (whether directly or by
a member of the Scottish Equitable Group of Companies) is 3.13%.

No. of Shares purchased:      525,000

Resultant Total:              12,075,000

Held as follows:              CW Nominees & NC Lombard Street Nominees

For the purposes of the foregoing notification:

(a)  'The Scottish Equitable Group of Companies' means Scottish Equitable plc,
     Scottish Equitable (Managed Funds) Limited, Scottish Equitable FUND
     MANAGEMENT Limited, Scottish Equitable Investment Management Limited and
     Scottish Equitable Trustees Limited all of Edinburgh Park, Edinburgh EH12
     9SE and/or any other company which is a subsidiary of Scottish Equitable
     plc or in respect of which any company otherwise within the definition of
     the Scottish Equitable Group of Companies has such an interest as is
     specified in Section 203 (3) of the Act;

(b)  'the Act' shall mean the Companies Act 1985 and expressions used in this
     notification shall, unless the context otherwise requires, have the same
     meanngs as are set out in or adopted for the purposes of the Act;

(c)  'the Company' shall mean the company to whom this notification is
     addressed.

LETTER FROM:  SCOTTISH EQUITABLE