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Thursday 08 July, 2004

Universe Grp.

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Universe Group PLC
08 July 2004

               UNIVERSE GROUP PLC ('Universe ' or the 'Company')

           Result of the scrip alternative and director shareholdings

Universe, the retail and information systems company, today announced that under
the Company's Scrip Dividend Scheme shareholders representing 29.6% of the
ordinary shares elected to receive shares in lieu of cash in respect of all or
part of the Final Dividend for the year to 31 December 2003, which was paid on 5
July 2004.  Under the terms of the Scrip Dividend electing shareholders receive
new ordinary shares of 5p each ('New Ordinary Shares') at an effective price of
26 pence per share in lieu of the final dividend of 1.17 pence per share.

As a result, a total 567,345 New Ordinary Shares have been allotted.
Application will be made for the New Ordinary Shares to be admitted to trading
on the Alternative Investment Market and dealings are expected to commence on 14
July 2004.

Each of the Directors elected to receive the Scrip Dividend alternative in
respect of their entire shareholdings.  As a result the Directors' shareholdings

                                           Previous         Scrip             Current          Percentage

George Welham                                17,418           568              17,986               0.03%
Ray Mackie                                6,602,895       256,508           6,859,403              11.23%
Keith Buchanan                               36,289         1,185              37,474               0.06%
Eddie Paul                                    8,709           284               8,993               0.01%
Barrie Brinkman                             813,447        26,570             840,017               1.38%
Catherine Wines                             134,192         2,750             136,942               0.22%
Adrian Grinsell                               7,506           245               7,751               0.01%

For further information:

Universe Group plc:

Ray Mackie, Group Chief Executive         023 8068 9510

Charles Stanley & Co Limited

Russell Cook                              020 7739 8200

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