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Thursday 16 October, 2003


Trading Statement

16 October 2003

                                     QA plc

                                 Trading update

In the Chairman's statement issued with QA's interim results on 9 July 2003 the
Board indicated that the third quarter performance was expected to be
substantially improved on that for the equivalent period in 2002 and that the
results for the year remained heavily dependent on trading in the traditionally
strong fourth quarter.

Actual results to date and short term forecasts for the fourth quarter in 2003
now indicate that the second half of the financial year will produce a slightly
improved profit compared with the second half of 2002. This result will be
achieved without the presence of a number of one-off projects which improved the
second half result in 2002. The profit for the second half will however be
somewhat below the levels previously anticipated. With an adjusted operating
loss of £630K recorded in the first half year, a small adjusted operating loss
for the full year is now expected.

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For further information please contact:

QA plc                                                      020 7656 8495

Keith Burgess, Executive Chairman

Colin Gibson, Finance Director

About QA

QA improves client effectiveness with training and consulting solutions that
solve problems, accelerate the transfer of skills and drive business
performance. As the partner of choice for many of the FTSE100 companies and
public sector organisations, QA is recognised as the UK's Number 1 public
training company.

                      This information is provided by RNS
            The company news service from the London Stock Exchange