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Friday 10 June, 2005

Universe Grp.

New contract

Universe Group PLC
10 June 2005


UNIVERSE GROUP PLC
10 JUNE 2005

                               Universe Group PLC
                   HTEC announces new contract with Suresite

Universe Group PLC ('Universe' or the 'Company') is pleased to announce that
HTEC, the Company's retail and information systems subsidiary, has secured a new
contract to supply Suresite Card Services with its HTEC Gemini EFT Terminals and
the HTEC Intelligent PINpad.  Suresite provides bank authorisation and payment
services to independent petrol retailers across the UK.  The contract will be
implemented over the next 12 months and HTEC will provide on-going support to
Suresite.

Ray Mackie, Chairman of Universe, comments:

'We are delighted that Suresite has chosen HTEC to supply its customers with
chip and PIN compliant equipment.  The independent petrol retailers share of the
UK market is growing quickly and we believe that Suresite is capable of securing
a dominant  position in this market. '

Geoff Oldham, Managing Director of Suresite reports:

'Chip and PIN, working over ISDN for high speed, is going to save our petrol
customers a lot of money as a result of increased security and the potential to
reduce merchant fees.  There are only a limited number of suppliers offering
petroleum capable Chip and PIN solutions and HTEC was chosen because of its
specialist capability in forecourt solutions.'


Enquiries:

Ray Mackie, Chairman
Universe Group PLC                                            023 80689510

Russell Cook
Charles Stanley Co. Limited                                   020 7739 8200


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