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Thursday 30 March, 2000

Booker PLC

Sale of Fletcher Smith Limited

Booker PLC
30 March 2000


Booker plc

Sale of Fletcher Smith Limited

Booker plc announces the sale of Fletcher Smith, in which Tate & Lyle PLC has
a 35% interest, to Compagnie de Fives Lille of France.

Fletcher Smith, based in Derby, designs and supplies sugar machinery for the
cane and beet sugar industries, worldwide.

The initial consideration is £3.65 million paid in cash on completion.  A
shareholder loan of £1.42 million has been repaid.

Additional consideration of up to £2.33 million will be paid on the
achievement of agreed sales targets over the 24 months to March 2002.

Press enquiries:

Stuart Rose, Chief Executive            Booker plc             020 7411 5585
Steven Glew, Finance Director           Booker plc             01933 371 011
Stephen Breslin                         Brunswick Group        020 7404 5959