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Wednesday 05 December, 2007

Taylor Nelson Sofres

100% ownership of Latinpanel

Taylor Nelson Sofres PLC
05 December 2007

5 December 2007


                          LATINPANEL HOLDINGS TO 100%

 Acquisition underlines group strategy to expand syndicated research operations
                            in fast-growing regions

Taylor Nelson Sofres plc (TNS), a world leader in market information and
insight, announces that it has reached agreement to increase its ownership of
LatinPanel Holdings from 33.3 per cent to 100 per cent. TNS was formerly a joint
venture partner with The NPD Group, Inc. and The IBOPE Group in this continuous
consumer panel business serving Latin America. Completion is expected in January

LatinPanel operates in 15 countries in Latin America, covering 96 per cent of
the region's GDP and providing local and international clients with access to a
household research panel across the packaged groceries, toiletries and
cosmetics, fresh foods and textile retail markets. The full incorporation of
LatinPanel into the TNS Worldpanel network underlines the strong commitment TNS
has shown to Latin American markets since it established its first continuous
panel operation in Argentina in 1997. The increased focus on this growth region
will be of benefit to clients. Gross assets of LatinPanel Holdings at 31
December 2006 were approximately
US$9 million.

The acquisition strengthens TNS' Worldpanel business, which covers more than 50
countries worldwide with services based on continuously monitored purchasing and
usage activity. It also supports TNS' strategic objectives of increasing its
exposure to the faster-growing Asia, Latin America, Middle East and Africa (ALM)
region and of increasing the proportion of business derived from syndicated

David Lowden, Chief Executive of TNS, said: "For some years, TNS Worldpanel has
operated across Latin America via a joint venture arrangement.  We are now
taking overall control of this sound and growing business, which will facilitate
faster development of TNS Worldpanel's activities in this expanding market. Our
clients are carrying out their marketing in more countries than ever before and
taking a global perspective. Having full ownership of LatinPanel, together with
our strong custom network across the region, reinforces our ability to provide
insights to clients in key emerging markets and globally."

For further information, please contact:

Janis Parks, Head of Investor Relations   +44 (0)20 8967 1510

Pam Small, Brunswick                      +44 (0)20 7404 5959

About TNS

TNS is a global market insight and information group.

Our strategic goal is to be recognised as the global leader in delivering
value-added information and insights that help our clients to make more
effective decisions.

As industry thought leaders, our people deliver innovative thinking and
excellent service to global organisations and local clients worldwide.  We work
in partnership with our clients, meeting their needs for high-quality
information, analysis and foresight across our network of over 70 countries.

We are the world's foremost provider of custom research and analysis, combining
in-depth industry sector understanding with world-class expertise in the areas
of Retail and Shopper Insights, Stakeholder Management, New Product Development,
and Brand and Communications.  We are a major supplier of consumer panel, media
intelligence and internet, TV and radio audience measurement services.

TNS is the sixth sense of business.

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