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Thursday 12 June, 2003

Universe Grp.

New First Remit openings

Universe Group PLC
12 June 2003

UNIVERSE GROUP PLC
12 JUNE 2003

Universe Group PLC ('Universe Group')

Universe Group announces country openings at First Remit

First Remit, the International Money Transfer arm of Universe Group plc, has
opened in a further four countries.  These are Nigeria, Bahrain, Ecuador and
Finland.  This brings the total number of countries to 45 of which six, UK,
Ireland, Canada, Finland, UAE and Belgium are send countries.  Partners in a
further ten countries have been contracted.

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

'Our transaction numbers are increasing at a satisfactory rate and the country
network continues to expand.  The First Remit team continues to build its
reputation'.

For Further Information:

Universe Group plc                            02380 689510
Ray Mackie

Charles Stanley & Co. Limited                 020 7953 2476
Russell Cook
Peter Lilliott


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