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Monday 24 September, 2001

Universe Grp.

Director Shareholding

Universe Group PLC
24 September 2001

UNIVERSE GROUP PLC
24 SEPTEMBER 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
      62,500


8)    0.21%
      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
      31P


13)   Date of transaction 
      21 SEPTEMBER 2001


14)   Date Company informed
      21 SEPTEMBER 2001


15)   Total holding following this notification
      2,271,500


16)   Total percentage holding of issued class following this notification
      7.77 %



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
      PETER TREVELYAN-CLARK   020 7426 9000



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



Date of notification
24 SEPTEMBER 2001



END