8 July 2005
Notification of Share Interest - Sections 198-203 of the Companies Act 1985
We have received a notice dated 7 July 2005 from an official of The Goldman
Sachs Group Inc., the extract of which is as follows:-
'We hereby notify you that as at close of business on 5 July 2005, The Goldman
Sachs Group Inc ('GS Inc') of 85 Broad Street, New York, NY 10004, USA, was
interested, by attribution only, in a total of 5,636,941 shares.
Of these 5,636,941 shares:
* The interest in 5,093,407 shares arose from the interest held by Goldman
Sachs & Co., a wholly-owned direct subsidiary of GS Inc., acting as
custodian for its customers. These shares are, or will be, registered in
the name of Goldman Sachs Securities (Nominees) Limited.
* The interest in 543,534 shares arose from a beneficial interest held by
Goldman Sachs International, a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of GS Inc.,
these shares are, or will be, registered at CREST in account CREPTEMP'.
They previously notified that they no longer had a disposable interest in
Countrywide plc shares reported on 10 February 2005. Their current shareholding
of 5,636,941 shares equates to 3.15% of the total issued share capital of