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Tuesday 03 December, 2002

Universe Grp.

New Country Openings

Universe Group PLC
03 December 2002



UNIVERSE GROUP PLC ('Universe Group')

Tuesday 3rd December 2002



UNIVERSE GROUP ANNOUCES NEW COUNTRY OPENINGS AT FIRST REMIT

First Remit, the International Money Transfer arm of Universe Group plc, has
opened in a further five countries.  These are Jamaica, Croatia, Burundi, Cayman
Islands and Bosnia Herzegovina.  This brings the total number of countries in
which First Remit can operate to thirty-four, achieved in twelve months of
operation.

Commenting, Ray Mackie, Group Chief Executive of Universe Group said:

'Our network is growing each month.  These openings contribute towards our
target of one hundred countries in four years.  Once again the First Remit team
is to be congratulated'.



For further information:

Universe Group plc
Ray Mackie                            020 7486 9074

Teather & Greenwood Limited
David Galan                           020 7426 9000



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