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Umbro PLC (UMB)

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Wednesday 06 July, 2005

Umbro PLC

Trading Statement

Umbro PLC
06 July 2005

                              Umbro plc ('Umbro')
                        Pre close period Trading Update

Wednesday 6th July 2005

Umbro plc (UMB), the globally recognised football brand, will issue its interim
results for the 27 weeks ending 30th June 2005 on 7th September 2005. Prior to
its close period, the Company today issues the following scheduled trading

Trading has continued in line with the expectations outlined in the AGM trading
statement of 23rd May 2005. We anticipate continuing growth in International
Total Wholesale Equivalent Sales and Royalty Income, with strong performances in
North and South America including the USA and Asia. This strong performance has
partially offset a more difficult trading environment in Continental Europe.

The launch of the new England home kit on 24th March 2005 was a great success.
Umbro achieved sell through rates that matched those of 2004 - a tournament
year. UK sales and order levels are satisfactory despite the current difficult
trading environment.

In line with expectations, sales and profits will be more evenly phased
throughout 2005 when compared to 2004, which had a greater first half bias due
to the 2004 European Championships.


Peter McGuigan, Chief Executive               0161 492 2114
Geoff Haslehurst, Chief Financial Officer     0161 492 2115

Brunswick Group LLP
Simon Sporborg/Dominic McMullan               020 7404 5959

Notes for the Editor

Umbro is a globally recognised football brand with a strong heritage derived
from more than 80 years' association with the sport of football. Based in the
UK, where the Umbro business was founded in 1924, the Group designs, sources and
markets football-related products, which are sold in over 90 countries.

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