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Monday 17 July, 2000

Taylor Nelson Sofres

Holding in Company

Taylor Nelson Sofres PLC
17 July 2000



                  DEALINGS BY SUBSTANTIAL SHAREHOLDERS


1)   NAME OF COMPANY

TAYLOR NELSON SOFRES PLC


2)   NAME OF SHAREHOLDER HAVING A MAJOR INTEREST

FIDELITY INVESTMENTS


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

N/A


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.

1,701,809

6)   (0.44%) of issued Class

7)   Number of shares/amount of stock disposed

N/A


8)   (N/A%) of issued Class

9)   Class of security

ORDINARY SHARES 5 PENCE EACH


10)  Date of transaction

14-JUL-00


11)  Date company informed

17-JUL-00


12)  Total holding following this notification

27,148,835
               
              
13)  Total percentage holding of issued class following this notification

7%


14)  Any additional information

SEE BELOW

15)  Name of contact and telephone number for queries

JUDITH GEORGE   020 8967 4108


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

     Date of Notification ... 17 JULY 2000 ......


LETTER TO: TAYLOR NELSON SOFRES PLC

Following are amended notifications of disclosable interests under the U.K.
Companies Act 1985.  Please note that while this information details the
disclosable interests of more than one entity, the enclosed disclosure
constitutes separate notifications of interest which have been combined solely
for purposes of clarity and efficiency.  It is not intended to indicate that any
of these entities act as a group or in concert with respect to these interests.

These disclosures are made in the interest of conformity with the Companies Act.
 The Interest detailed herein were acquired solely for investment purposes.  For
disclosure purposes, holdings should be represented as FMR Corp. and its direct
and indirect subsidiaries, and Fidelity International Limited (FIL) and its
direct and indirect subsidiaries, both being non-beneficial holders.

LETTER FROM: STEPHEN P CARR, FMR CORP.


NOTIFICATIONS UNDER SECTIONS 198 TO 202 -- UK COMPANIES ACT

1. Company in which shares are held:  Taylor Nelson Sofres Plc

2. Notifiable Interest:   Ordinary Shares

     A     FMR Corp
           82 Devonshire Street
           Boston, MA 02109

           Parent holding company of Fidelity Management & Research Company 
           (FMRCO), Fidelity Management Trust Company (FMTC), a US state
           chartered bank which acts as a trustee or investment manager of      
          various pension and trust accounts, and investment manager for US
           mutual funds. (See Schedule A for listing of Registered Shareholders 
           and their holdings.)

     B     Fidelity International Limited (FIL)
           P.O. BOX HM 670
           Hamilton HMCX, Bermuda

           Parent holding company for various direct and indirect subsidiaries,
           including Fidelity Investment Services Ltd (FISL), and Fidelity 
           Pension Management (FPM) investment managers for various non-US      
          investment companies and institutional clients. (See Schedule A for   
         listing of Registered Shareholders and their holdings).

3. The notifiable interests also comprise the notifiable interest of:

           Mr Edward C Johnson 3d
           82 Devonshire Street
           Boston, MA 02109

           Principal shareholder of FMR Corp. and Fidelity International        
          Limited.

4. The notifiable interests include interest held on behalf of authorized
   unit trust schemes in the U.K., notwithstanding the exemption from 
   reporting pursuant to Section 209 (1) (e) of the Companies Act 1985.

5. These notifications of disclosable interests constitute separate
   notifications of interest in the shares and are combined solely for 
   the purposes of clarity. Nothing herein should be taken to indicate 
   that FMR Corp. and its direct and indirect subsidiaries, 
   Fidelity International Limited and its direct and indirect subsidiaries
   or Mr Edward C Johnson 3d act as a group or in concert in respect of 
   the disclosed interests, or that they are required to submit these 
   notifications on a joint basis.

6. The disclosable interests arise under section 208(4) (b) of the Act,
   namely where a person, not being the registered holder, is entitled
   to exercise a right conferred by the holding of the shares or to 
   control the exercise of such rights, or under section 203 of the Act
   respectively.



SCHEDULE A

SECURITY: TAYLOR NELSON SOFRES PLC                 

                      SHARES HELD   MANAGEMENT   NOMINEE/REGISTERED
                                     COMPANY     NAME

(Ordinary Shares)    
                            7,290    FMRCO       Lloyds Bank Nominees Limited
                          166,900    FMTC        State Street Nominees Ltd.
                          222,100    FMTC        Lloyds Bank Nominees Limited
                           26,600    FMTC        Nortrust Nominees
                           28,900    FTMC        Bank of New York Europe
                        6,346,881    FISL        Clydesdale Bank (Head Office)
                                                   Nominees Limited
                           88,800    FPM         Gracechurch Nominees
                          724,700    FPM         RBS Trust Bank
                          568,100    FPM         Bankers Trust
                          332,510    FPM         Citibank
                        1,441,300    FPM         Nortrust Nominees Ltd
                           83,400    FPM         MSS Nominees Ltd
                          473,100    FPM         State Street Nominees Ltd
                          778,000    FPM         Chase Nominees Ltd
                          482,300    FPM         HSBC Client Holdings Nominee
                                                   (UK) Limited
                          264,600    FPM         BT Globenet Nominees Ltd
                        1,196,838    FIL         Bankers Trust
                        5,370,245    FIL         RBS Trust Bank
                           99,390    FIL         Citibank
                          481,400    FIL         Mellon Bank
                          112,000    FIL         KAS Associatie
                          144,700    FIL         RBS-EDINBURG
                          644,285    FIL         Clydesdale Bank (Head Office)
                                                   Nominees Limited
                          759,400    FIL         MSS Nominees Ltd
                        1,606,200    FIL         Nortrust Nominees Ltd
                          907,100    FIL         State Street Nominees LTD
                           23,800    FIL         Chase Nominees Ltd
                           80,367    FIL         NAB-Australia
                            9,000    FIL         Credit Suisse
                        1,646,329    FIL         Bank of New York Europe
                        1,635,800    FIL         Northern Trust
                          396,500    FIL


Total Ordinary Shares: 27,148,835

Current ownership
percentage:                 7.01%     

Shares in issue:      387,222,260

Change in holdings 
since last filing:    +1,701,809 ordinary shares