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Weir Group PLC (WEIR)

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Monday 02 February, 2004

Weir Group PLC

Holding(s) in Company

Weir Group PLC
02 February 2004

                               THE WEIR GROUP PLC
                                                                2 February 2004

The Weir Group PLC ('the Company') received notice on 30 January 2004 that,
for the purposes of the Companies Act 1985 (as amended), AXA S.A. and its group
companies have a notifiable interest in the issued share capital of the Company
as detailed in the table below.

These shares represent a beneficial interest of 9,233,624 shares (4.51%).

The notification of change is due to a decrease in the beneficial interest
holding from 5.00% to 4.51%.

Percentage holdings are calculated using an issued share capital of 204,550,168
ordinary shares of GBP0.125.

Company/Fund   Registered As     Beneficial Holder           Holding
-------------- -------------     ----------                  -----------

Sun Life       HSBC Global       Sun Life Assurance Society  3,441,793
Assurance      Custody Nominee   Plc
Society Plc    (UK) Limited
(Beneficial)   a/c 776934                              
-------------  -------------     --------------              ---------
Sun Life Unit  HSBC Global       Sun Life Unit Assurance       600,000
Assurance Ltd  Custody Nominee   Ltd
A/c X          (UK) Limited
(Beneficial)   a/c 867050
-------------- -------------     ----------                  ----------
Sun Life       Smith &           Sun Life Pensions               1,300 
Pensions       Williamson        Management Ltd
Management     Nominees Ltd
Ltd            a/c S66
-------------- -------------     ----------                  ----------
Sun Life       BNY (OCS)         Sun Life Pensions              30,250
Pensions       Nominees          Management Ltd
Management     Limited
-------------- ------------      ----------                  ----------
AXA Sun Life   Axa Sun Life      AXA Sun Life plc (frmly     5,160,281
plc (frmly     plc               Axa Equity & Law Life
Axa                              Assurance Society plc)
Equity & Law
Society plc)                     
-------------- -------------     ----------                  ----------

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