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Thursday 20 January, 2000

Taylor Nelson Sofres

Holding in Company

Taylor Nelson Sofres PLC
20 January 2000

                  DEALINGS BY SUBSTANTIAL SHAREHOLDERS


1)   NAME OF COMPANY

TAYLOR NELSON SOFRES PLC

2)   NAME OF SHAREHOLDER HAVING A MAJOR INTEREST

SEE ANNOUNCEMENT BELOW FOR FULL DETAILS

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

SEE BELOW FOR FULL DETAILS

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

SEE BELOW FOR FULL DETAILS

5)   Number of shares/amount of stock acquired.

NOT GIVEN

6)   ( N/A %) of issued Class

7)   Number of shares/amount of stock disposed

NOT GIVEN

8)   ( N/A %) of issued Class

9)   Class of security

ORDINARY SHARES 5 PENCE EACH

10)  Date of transaction

18-JAN-2000

11)  Date company informed

18-JAN-2000

12)  Total holding following this notification

2,256,009
               
              
13)  Total percentage holding of issued class following this notification

0.58%

14)  Any additional information

SEE NOTIFICATION BELOW

15)  Name of contact and telephone number for queries

JUDITH GEORGE
TEL: 0208 967 4108

16)  Name and signature of authorised company official responsible for 
     making this notification
                 JOHN STOBART, GROUP COMPANY SECRETARY
     Date of Notification ......20TH JAN 2000


Letter to Taylor Nelson Sofres plc dated January 18, 2000

SECTION 212 COMPANIES ACT 1985 


Pursuant to your request of 12 January, 2000, I am attaching a list of all our
Clients in A/C 3,6 and 7 that currently have an interest in Taylor Nelson Sofres
plc ordinary shares.

We, Bankers Trust Company, are acting solely as custodian and/or trustee for the
beneficial owners of these shares.  These holdings are managed for the
beneficial owners by professional investment managers, who have the sole
responsibility for investment decisions.  Therefore, we are not a party to any
concert agreement relating to the rights of these shares.  To the best of our
knowledge, these shares are held for investment purposes only.


     TOTAL OUTSTANDING SHARES HELD BY BANKERS TRUST CO. AS CUSTODIAN/TRUSTEE

                         TAYLOR NELSON PLC

SEDOL          ACCOUNT NAME          FUND MANAGER     TOTAL POSITION      A/C

0191539     MAYO PENSION          SCUDDER STEVENS     79,336               3 
0191539     BT TRST-FR-UK EQ      FIDELITY INV       680,000               7
0191539     CHUO-HSBC EOPEN       HSBCAMJKK            7,807               7
0191539     USS                   SCHRODER INV MGMT 
                                  (UK) LTD           620,000               6
0191539     ROTORK                FIDELITY INV        72,500               6
0191539     AUTO PRODUCTS         FIDELITY            59,500               6
0191539     PORTMAN B.S.          FIDELITY            82,700               6
0191539     GO AHEAD              FIDELITY           154,300               6
0191539     IEE RES FDS           FIDELITY INVEST.    55,400               6
0191539     FPS FOR UKC-FID       FIDELITY INVEST.    66,200               6
0191539     COATES BROS-INV       FID                191,556               6
0191539     UNISYS                LIONTRUST INV.SEV   49,150               6
0191539     MED DEFENCE UNION     FIDELITY            59,100               6
0191539     SEMA GROUP            FIDELITY            78,460               6

14          SEPARATE POSITIONS    TOTAL OUTSTANDING 
                                  SHARES HELD      2,256,009

Letter from Bankers Trust Company