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Taylor Nelson Sofres (TNS)

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Monday 03 December, 2001

Taylor Nelson Sofres

Holding in Company

Taylor Nelson Sofres PLC
3 December 2001


                  DEALINGS BY SUBSTANTIAL SHAREHOLDERS


1)   NAME OF COMPANY

     TAYLOR NELSON SOFRES PLC


2)   NAME OF SHAREHOLDER HAVING A MAJOR INTEREST

     ROYAL & SUN ALLIANCE 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

     2 ABOVE


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

     NORTRUST NOMINEES LTD                                486,000

     LITTLEDOWN NOMINEES A/C FOR PHOENIX ASSURANCE
     PUBLIC LIMITED CO                                  1,045,557

     LITTLEDOWN NOMINEES A/C FOR ROYAL & SUN ALLIANCE
     INSURANCE NO.1 A/C                                 1,890,594
     
     LITTLEDOWN NOMINEES A/C FOR ROYAL INSURANCE 
     GROUP PENSION (UK EQUITIES)                        1,141,861

     LITTLEDOWN NOMINEES A/C FOR ROYAL & SUN ALLIANCE 
     LIFE & PENSIONS                                    5,571,693
     
     LITTLEDOWN NOMINEES LIMITED A/C FOR SUN ALLIANCE 
     & LONDON ASSURANCE CO LIMITED                      2,854,962
   
     LITTLEDOWN NOMINEES LTD A/C FOR SAL PENSION 
     FUND LIMITED                                       1,786,545

     LITTLEDOWN NOMINEES LTD A/C FOR RSAL1 LIFE
     EQUITY FUND                                          487,000
   
     LITTLEDOWN NOMINEES A/C FOR RSA1 LIFE INCOME
     DISTRIBUTIONS                                        249,130

     LITTLEDOWN NOMINEES A/C FOR RSA1 PENSIONS
     EQUITY FUND                                        3,688,000

     ROYAL HERITAGE LIFE ASSURANCE LIMITED                 38,400


      
5)   Number of shares/amount of stock acquired.



6)   ( N/A %) of issued Class

7)   Number of shares/amount of stock disposed



8)   ( N/A %) of issued Class

9)   Class of security

     ORDINARY SHARES 5 PENCE EACH


10)  Date of transaction

     30 NOVEMBER 2001


11)  Date company informed

     30 NOVEMBER 2001


12)  Total holding following this notification

     19,239,742

               
13)  Total percentage holding of issued class following this notification

     4.94%


14)  Any additional information



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

     JUDITH GEORGE, ASSISTANT COMPANY SECRETARY

     Date of Notification 3 DECEMBER 2001