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Tuesday 24 January, 2006

Countrywide Plc

Holding(s) in Company


24 January 2006

Notification of Share Interest

Sections 198-203 of the Companies Act 1985

We have today received the following notice dated 18 January 2006 from an
official of Barclays plc, the extract of which is as follows.

'I hereby inform you that as at 17 January 2006, Barclays PLC through the legal
entities listed on the attached schedule, has a notifiable interest in the
capital of your Company of 5.40%

Details of this interest, together with a breakdown of registered holders (as
required by Section 202 (3) of the Act), are enclosed'.

They have decreased their holding from 19,119,412 shares notified on 18 January
2006 to 9,573,605 shares which equates to 5.40% of the issued share capital.

Director/Secretary

Countrywide plc

                                   LEGAL ENTITY                          
                                   REPORT                                
                                                                         
COUNTRYWIDE                                                SEDOL :       
                                                           B00FQ06       
                                                                         
As at 17 January 2006 Barclays PLC, through the legal entities listed    
below, had a notifiable interest in 9,573,605 ORD GBP0.05                
                                                                         
Legal Entity                       Holding                 Percentage    
                                                           Held          
                                                                         
Barclays Life Assurance Co Ltd     829,584                       0.47    
                                                                         
Barclays Capital Securities Ltd    679,140                       0.38    
                                                                         
Barclays Global Investors Japan    311,383                       0.18    
Ltd                                                                      
                                                                         
Barclays Global Investors, N.A.    19,520                        0.01    
                                                                         
Barclays Bank Trust Company Ltd    1,467                         -       
                                                                         
Gerrard Ltd                        8,696                         0.0     
                                                                         
Barclays Global Investors Ltd      7,723,815                     4.34    
                                                                         
                     Group Holding 9,573,605                     5.40    

                                  REGISTERED HOLDERS REPORT             
                                                                        
COUNTRYWIDE                                               SEDOL: B00FQ06
                                                                        
As at 17 January 2006 Barclays PLC, through the registered holders      
listed below, had a notifiable interest in 9,573,605 ORD GBP0.05        
                                                                        
BARCLAYS CAPITAL NOMINEES LIMITED                                -29,168
                                                                        
BARCLAYS CAPITAL NOMINEES LIMITED                                 85,000
                                                                        
BARCLAYS CAPITAL NOMINEES LIMITED                                623,308
                                                                        
Barclays Trust Co & Others                                         1,467
                                                                        
BOISS NOMINEES LTD                            4224361            102,739
                                                                        
CHASE NOMINEES LTD                              16376            101,431
                                                                        
CHASE NOMINEES LTD                              20947          5,508,556
                                                                        
CHASE NOMINEES LTD                              28270             60,988
                                                                        
CHASE NOMINEES LTD                              28270            135,007
                                                                        
INVESTORS BANK AND TRUST CO.                                      13,775
                                                                        
INVESTORS BANK AND TRUST CO.                                       5,745
                                                                        
JP MORGAN (BGI CUSTODY)                         16331             52,990
                                                                        
JP MORGAN (BGI CUSTODY)                         16341            100,162
                                                                        
JP MORGAN (BGI CUSTODY)                         16341            238,896
                                                                        
JP MORGAN (BGI CUSTODY)                         16344             85,334
                                                                        
JP MORGAN (BGI CUSTODY)                         16345            156,207
                                                                        
JP MORGAN (BGI CUSTODY)                         16400          1,870,532
                                                                        
JP MORGAN (BGI CUSTODY)                         18409            140,557
                                                                        
JPMorgan Chase Bank                                               68,550
                                                                        
JPMorgan Chase Bank                                              105,492
                                                                        
JPMorgan Chase Bank                                              137,341
                                                                        
R C Greig Nominees Limited                                         5,696
                                                                        
R C Greig Nominees Limited a/c                                     3,000
AK1                                                                     
                                                                        
                                                Total          9,573,605