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Friday 12 April, 2002

Taylor Nelson Sofres


Taylor Nelson Sofres PLC
12 April 2002

          Taylor Nelson Sofres extends operations in the United States

Taylor Nelson Sofres, a world leader in market information, has acquired the
business and assets of Elrick & Lavidge Marketing Research (E&L), one of the
most respected companies in the US customised research industry.

Founded in 1951, E&L includes among its clients a significant number of the
Fortune 100 companies. It specialises in the Consumer, Financial Services, IT
and Telecoms industries, as well as being a leader in mystery shopping research.

E&L will be run as part of TNS Intersearch, which has a record of successfully
integrating acquisitions. Market research is not a core business for E&L's
current owner, Aegis Communications Group, Inc. Turnover in the year ended 31
December 2001 was US$22.9 million and pro-forma net assets at that date were
US$2.6 million.

Commenting on the acquisition, Mike Kirkham, Chief Executive of Taylor Nelson
Sofres, said: "This move adds further growth potential to our US customised
business, which grew significantly ahead of the market last year, against a
difficult economic backdrop. We will benefit from the quality of the E&L team
and their strong client relationships in many of our specialist sectors, while
realising administrative cost savings by merging the business with TNS

Bruce Shandler, Head of TNS Market Research Activities in North America, added:
"This acquisition will further expand our coverage of the US market and adds
mystery shopping to our portfolio of services. At the same time, E&L's clients
will benefit from our dedicated focus on market research and the access they are
gaining to the Taylor Nelson Sofres global network, our range of branded
solutions and internet research skills."

For further information, please contact:

Mike Kirkham, Chief Executive

+44 (0)20 8967 4022

Janis Parks, Investor Relations Manager

+44 (0)20 8967 1584

Margaret George, Citigate Dewe Rogerson

+44 (0)20 7638 9571

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Note to editors

Through its international network in more than 50 countries, Taylor Nelson
Sofres provides market information services in over 80 countries to national and
multi-national organisations. It is ranked as the fourth largest market
information group in the world. Further information on Taylor Nelson Sofres is
available from the corporate website:

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