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Friday 08 July, 2005

Countrywide Plc

Holding(s) in Company


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
178,755,635 shares.

Director/Company Secretary

Countrywide plc