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Wednesday 24 August, 2005

Numis Securities Ltd

EPT Disclosure - Amendment

Numis Securities Limited
24 August 2005

                                                                       FORM 38.5


                 DEALINGS BY CONNECTED EXEMPT PRINCIPAL TRADERS

             (Rule 38.5 of The City Code on Takeovers and Mergers)


AMENDMENT


Name of exempt principal trader                         Numis Securities Limited

Company dealt in                                        Thorntons Plc

Relevant security dealt in                              Ordinary Shares 10p

Name of offeree/offeror with whom connected             Thorntons Plc

Nature of connection #                                  Broker to the Offeree

Date of dealing                                         22 August 2005



Total number of securities bought                       30,277

Highest price paid (currency must be stated)            175.350 Pence

Lowest price paid (currency must be stated)             170.170 Pence



Total number of securities sold                         50,000

Highest price paid (currency must be stated)            173 Pence

Lowest price paid (currency must be stated)             173 Pence



Date of disclosure                                      24 August 2005

Contact name                                            Henry Jenkins

Telephone number                                        0207 776 1584


#  See the definition of 'connected fund managers and principal traders' in the
Definitions Section of the Code.

For details of the Code's dealing disclosure requirements, see Rules 8 and 38.5
and their Notes which can be viewed on the Takeover Panel's website at
www.thetakeoverpanel.org.uk.



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