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Thursday 08 March, 2001

Universe Grp.

Director Shareholding

Universe Group PLC
8 March 2001

UNIVERSE GROUP PLC

08 MARCH 2001





DEALINGS BY DIRECTORS



1)    NAME OF COMPANY

      UNIVERSE GROUP PLC



2)    NAME OF DIRECTOR

      RAYMOND JOHN MACKIE



3)    Please state whether notification indicates that it is in respect of
holding of the director named in 2 above or holding of that person's spouse or
children under the age of 18 or in respect of a non-beneficial interest

      DIRECTOR NAMED IN 2 ABOVE



4)    Name of the registered holder(s) and, if more than one holder, the
number of shares held by each of them (if notified)

      RAYMOND JOHN MACKIE



5)    Please state whether notification relates to a person(s) connected with
the director named in 2 above and identify the connected person(s)

      N/A



6)    Please state the nature of the transaction.  For PEP transactions please
indicate whether general/single co PEP and if discretionary/non discretionary

      PURCHASE OF ORDINARY SHARES



7)    Number of shares/amount of stock acquired

      20,000



8)    0.07%

      of issued class



9)    Number of shares/amount of stock disposed

      N/A



10)   (N/A%)

      of issued class



11)   Class of security

      5p ORDINARY SHARES



12)   Price per share

      45.5P



13)   Date of transaction

06 MARCH 2001



14)   Date Company informed

      06 MARCH 2001



15)   Total holding following this notification

      1,359,000



16)   Total percentage holding of issued class following this notification

      4.73%



IF A DIRECTOR HAS BEEN GRANTED OPTIONS BY THE COMPANY PLEASE COMPLETE THE
FOLLOWING BOXES.



17)   Date of grant

      N/A



18)   Period during which or date on which exercisable

      N/A



19)   Total amount paid (if any) for grant of the option

      N/A



20)      Description of shares or debentures involved: class, number

      N/A



21)      Exercise price (if fixed at time of grant) or indication that grant
is to be fixed at time of exercise

      N/A



22)   Total number of shares or debentures over which options held following
this notification

      N/A



23)   Any additional information

      N/A



24)   Name of contact and telephone number for queries

      MARK WILLIAMS 0207 426 9000



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

      RAYMOND JOHN MACKIE



Date of notification

08 MARCH 2001





END