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Tuesday 20 September, 2005

Universe Grp.

Director/PDMR Shareholding

Universe Group PLC
20 September 2005

                                                               20 SEPTEMBER 2005

                               UNIVERSE GROUP PLC
                          ('Universe' or 'the Group')

                            DIRECTORS' SHAREHOLDINGS

Universe Group plc, the retail and information systems company, announces that
as a result of the purchase on 19 September 2005 of 40,000 ordinary shares at 21
pence per share by the Universe Trustees (no. 2) Limited in connection with the
Universe Group plc Long Term Incentive Plan, and the purchase of 20,000 ordinary
shares by Ray Mackie on the same day, the following directors have increased
their beneficial shareholdings in respect of 50,000 of these shares as follows:

   Name of           Previous       Shares        Current        Current
   Director          Holding       Acquired                     Percentage

   Catherine Wines    220,051        20,000        240,051         0.39%
   Eddie Paul          40,595        10,000         50,595         0.08%
   Ray Mackie       7,167,327        20,000      7,187,327        11.65%



Universe Group plc:                                                02380 689 510
Ray Mackie, Chairman

Charles Stanley & Co Limited                                       020 7739 8200
Russell Cook

Bishopsgate Communications Ltd:                                    020 7430 1600
Maxine Barnes/Dominic Barretto

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