21 June 2004
Regulatory Information Service
London Stock Exchange
Old Broad Street
London EC2N 1HP
NOTIFICATION OF SHARE INTEREST
SECTION 198, COMPANIES ACT 1985
We have received a notice dated 21 June 2004 from an official of Citibank N.A.
on behalf of Standard Life Investments Limited.
They confirm that on 18 June 2004, Standard Life Investments Limited sold
300,714 shares on behalf of Standard Life Group. Their total holding held as a
material interest in Ordinary Shares of 5p each in Countrywide plc is as below.
No. of Shares Held Registered Name
6,594,674 Vidacos Nominees Limited
25 Molesworth Street
London SE13 7EX
This equates to 3.899% of the total issued share capital of 169,128,334 shares
as at 18 June 2004.