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Friday 07 July, 2000

Johnston Group PLC

Exercise of Options

Johnston Group PLC
7 July 2000

           Johnston Group PLC ('the Company')
       Exercise of options and Director's dealings

Application has been made for 70,960 ordinary  shares  of
10p  each  in  the  Company  ('Ordinary  Shares')  to  be
admitted  to the Official List.  The Ordinary Shares  are
being  issued  pursuant to the exercise of options  under
the  Johnston Group PLC 1994 Sharesave Scheme.  Admission
is expected to become effective on Thursday 13 July 2000.

Following  the  issue and allotment  of  Ordinary  Shares
under  the  Company's  Sharesave Scheme,  the  beneficial
holdings  of  Johnston  Group PLC  directors  Mr  J  M  S
Johnston and Mr M R H Jordan increased by 4,303  and  840
Ordinary  Shares  respectively  on  6  July  2000.    The
Ordinary  Shares were issued at 279p per  Ordinary  Share
and  bring  Mr  Johnston's holding  to  879,651  Ordinary
Shares  (8.13% of issued class) and Mr Jordan's   holding
to 3,276 Ordinary Shares (0.03%).