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Monday 05 February, 2001

Koninklijke Philips

Acquisition Update

Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV
2 February 2001


Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Palo Alto, California,U.S.A., February 2, 2001 -
Royal Philips Electronics (AEX: PHI, NYSE: PHG) and Agilent Technologies, Inc.
(NYSE: A) announced that a second request for information has been received from
the Department of Justice in connection with the pending acquisition by Philips
of Agilent's Healthcare Solutions Group.

The U.S. second request has the effect of extending the waiting period under the
Hart-Scott-Rodino Act until 30 calender days after both parties comply with the

The European Commission has recently requested additional information as a part
of its first phase review.

The companies still expect to complete the proposed acquisition in the middle of
calender 2001.

Royal Philips of the Netherlands is one of the worlds biggest electronics
companies and Europe's largest, with sales of EUR 31.5 billion. It is a global
leader in color television sets, lighting, electric shavers, color picture tubes
for televisions and monitors, and one-chip TV products. Its 232,000 employees in
more than 60 countries are active in the area of lighting, consumer electronics,
domestic appliances, components, semiconductors and medical systems. Philips is
quoted on the NYSE (symbol: PHG), London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and other stock
exchanges. News from Philips is located at

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a diversified technology company with
approximately 47,000 employees serving customers in more than 120 countries.
Agilent is a global leader in designing and manufacturing test, measurement and
monitoring instruments, systems and solutions, and semiconductor and optical
components. In fiscal year year 2000, Agilent had net revenue of $10.8 billion.
The company serves markets that include communications, electronics, life
sciences and healthcare. Information about Agilent Technologies can be found on
the Web at

For further information:
Ben Geerts, Philips Corporate Communications, tel: +31 20 5977215
Amy Flores, Agilent Corporate, Tel: +1 650 752 5303