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Wednesday 11 February, 2004

Taylor Nelson Sofres


Taylor Nelson Sofres PLC
11 February 2004

For release at 07.00
                                                              11 February 2004

                    TNS strengthens Automotive sector

Taylor Nelson Sofres plc (TNS), a world leader in market information, has
strengthened its Automotive sector through the acquisition of a majority
interest in Area Investigacion SA (Area), the leading provider of automotive
research in Spain.

Area works with a number of the major international car manufacturers.  Using
its in-depth knowledge of the automotive and other industries, the company
provides a wide range of specialised services to help clients formulate better
marketing strategies, including continuous measurement of customer satisfaction.

As part of the acquisition of NFO WorldGroup, Inc. in July 2003, TNS acquired a
50 per cent interest in NFO Spain.  Area owns the remaining 50 per cent.  The
acquisition will therefore enable the group to integrate fully its businesses in

Founded in 1986, Area has its headquarters in Madrid and employs around 100
people.  Its turnover for the year ended 31 December 2002 was Euro 11.7 million
and net assets at that date were Euro 2.2 million.

Chief Executive of Area, Jaime Vicent, a member of the Executive Board for NFO's
Automotive Sector, will remain with the group and will support TNS' Global Head
of Automotive, Remy Pothet, with the strategic development of the Automotive

TNS has acquired a 75 per cent interest in Area from Jaime Vicent and other
shareholders, and has entered into a put and call option with Mr Vicent over the
remaining 25 per cent, which is exercisable from 31 March 2007.

Commenting on the acquisition, Pedro Ros, TNS Head of Southern Europe, Latin
America, Middle East & Africa, said, "The acquisition of Area is an excellent
strategic move for TNS.  The group's Automotive sector will be significantly
strengthened by the management capabilities and industry expertise Area will
bring, as well as by its impressive list of international clients.  In addition,
with ownership of NFO Spain, the group is positioned to realise the full
benefits of the merger in Spain and consolidate its strong position in that
important market."

For further information, please contact:

Mike Kirkham, Chief Executive                     +44 (0)20 8967 4022
Janis Parks, Head of Investor Relations           +44 (0) 20 8967 1584
Margaret George, Citigate Dewe Rogerson           +44 (0)20 7638 9571

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About TNS

TNS is one of the world's leading market information groups.  We provide market
measurement, analysis and insight through our global network of operating
companies in 70 countries.  Working with national and multi-national
organisations, we help our clients to develop effective business strategies and
enhance relationships with their customers.  In July 2003, the group completed
the acquisition of NFO WorldGroup, Inc.  Further information on TNS can be found

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