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Booker PLC (BOK)

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Tuesday 15 August, 2000

Booker PLC

Compulsory Acqn of Shares

Booker PLC
15 August 2000

Not for release, publication or distribution in or into the United States of
America, Canada, Japan or Australia

                ICELAND GROUP PLC ('Iceland' or 'the Company')                

                 Recommended Offer for Booker plc ('Booker')                  
         Compulsory acquisition of outstanding Booker ordinary shares         

Iceland has now received valid acceptances of the Offer in respect of more
than 90 per cent. of Booker Shares to which the Offer relates.

Accordingly, Iceland is today posting formal notices under Section 429 of the
Companies Act 1985 to Booker Shareholders who have not yet accepted the Offer,
to acquire compulsorily all those Booker Shares in respect of which valid
acceptances have not been received at the expiry of the requisite notice

In the meantime the Offer remains open for acceptance until further notice.  

Terms defined in the Offer Document dated 26 May 2000 have the same meanings
when used herein unless the context otherwise requires.


Iceland Group plc                     N M Rothschild & Sons Limited           
John Berry                            Tony Allen
01224 830100                          020 7280 5000