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William Hill PLC (WMH)

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Friday 20 August, 2004

William Hill PLC

Purchase of Own Shares

William Hill PLC
20 August 2004


20 August 2004

                                William Hill PLC
                             Purchase of Own Shares

William Hill PLC announces that on 19 August it purchased 100,000 of its
ordinary shares of 10 pence each at an average price of 533.15 pence per share.
The highest price and lowest price paid for these shares were 534.00 pence and
532.50 pence, respectively. It is intended that these shares will be cancelled.

Following the above purchase and cancellation, William Hill PLC will have a
total of 408,576,111 ordinary shares (excluding Treasury shares) in issue and
will hold 10,545,278 shares in Treasury.

At its Annual General Meeting held on 17 May 2004, William Hill PLC was
authorised by its shareholders to purchase up to 42,181,111 of its ordinary
shares (representing 10% of its issued share capital at the time, subject to
certain conditions as outlined in the resolution). William Hill PLC intends to
hold up to a permitted maximum of 10,545,278 ordinary shares in Treasury.

Enquiries:

Tom Singer, Group Finance Director                     Tel: 020 8918 3952
William Cullum/ Deborah Spencer, Brunswick             Tel: 020 7404 5959



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