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Thursday 05 June, 2003

SABMiller PLC

Birra Peroni Transaction

SABMiller PLC
05 June 2003


          SABMILLER ANNOUNCES CLOSING OF TRANSACTION WITH BIRRA PERONI


London, Johannesburg and Rome, 4 June 2003.  SABMiller Plc ('SABMiller')
announces the closing of its transaction with Birra Peroni SpA ('Birra Peroni').
SABMiller has acquired a 60% stake in Birra Peroni for €246 million and has
entered into put and call arrangements with shareholders who have not sold their
stake initially which, when fully exercised, will result in SABMiller increasing
its shareholding in Birra Peroni to 97.8%.


ENDS

For further information:

Sue Clark
Director of Corporate Affairs,                      +44 (0) 20 7659 0191
SABMiller plc                               Mobile: +44 (0) 7850 285 471

Nick Chaloner
Communications Director,                            +44 (0) 20 7659 0119
SABMiller plc                               Mobile: +44 (0) 7880 502 755

Anna Miller Salzman
Head of Investor Relations,                         +44 (0) 20 7659 0106
SABMiller plc                               Mobile: +44 (0) 7973 837 070



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