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Wednesday 14 May, 2003

Taylor Nelson Sofres

AGM Statement

Taylor Nelson Sofres PLC
14 May 2003

For immediate release                                         14 May 2003


                   Extract from the Chairman's AGM statement


At today's annual general meeting, Tony Cowling, Chairman of Taylor Nelson
Sofres plc said:



"We announced separately this morning the proposed acquisition of NFO
WorldGroup, one of the world's top ten market information groups, for $425
million.  We are delighted to be acquiring a high quality company and believe it
provides an excellent opportunity to create further shareholder value.



"At our results announcement in March, we said that in 2003 we expected our
markets to progress along broadly similar lines to the previous year, with low
single digit growth.  The soft market conditions experienced in the second half
of 2002 continued into the first two months of this year and we saw a slight
decline in underlying revenue compared with the previous year.  However, with a
better performance in March and a further improvement in April, we recorded
underlying revenue growth for the first four months of 2003 as a whole.  While
there remains some uncertainty about the economy in general, given the
improvement we have seen in the past two months and the encouraging level of
work already commissioned for the remainder of 2003, we remain comfortable with
the Group's outlook for the year as a whole.



"We will report in more detail when, in line with our normal practice, we issue
a trading update in early July, ahead of our interim results announcement on 8
September 2003."



For further information, please contact



Mike Kirkham, Chief Executive                            +44 (0)20 8967 4022

David Lowden, Finance Director                           +44 (0)20 8967 4009

Janis Parks, Head of Investor Relations                  +44 (0)20 8967 1584

Margaret George, Citigate Dewe Rogerson                  +44 (0)20 7638 9571



Email to: Janis.Parks@tnsofres.com



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