Johnston Group PLC

Further re: Offers

Johnston Group PLC
29 September 2004

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29 September 2004

                Johnston Group PLC ('Johnston' or the 'Company')
                       Further re Offers for the Company

The independent directors of the Board of Johnston (the 'Independent Directors')
note the announcement made today by the Office of Fair Trading that it has
decided to refer the offer made for the Company by Anglo-American plc (the
'Anglo Offer') to the Competition Commission and the subsequent announcement by
Anglo-American plc that it is considering its options and that it will make a
further announcement in due course.
The Independent Directors are considering the implications of the announcements
for Johnston and for Johnston shareholders, together with the position of the
offer made for the Company by Ennstone plc on 4 August 2004, and will make a
further announcement in due course.

Johnston                       Chris Woodwark                    020 7920 3150

Close Brothers                 Andrew Cunningham                 020 7655 3100
                               Darren Redmayne

Tavistock Communications       Lulu Bridges                      020 7920 3150
                               Justin Griffiths

The Independent Directors accept responsibility for the information contained in
this announcement. To the best of the knowledge and belief of the Independent
Directors (who have taken all reasonable care to ensure that such is the case),
the information contained in this announcement is in accordance with the facts
and does not omit anything likely to affect the import of such information.

Close Brothers Corporate Finance Limited ('Close Brothers'), which is regulated
in the United Kingdom for the conduct of investment business by the Financial
Services Authority, is acting for Johnston as financial adviser (within the
meaning of the Rules of the Financial Services Authority) in connection with the
matters described herein and no-one else and will not be responsible to anyone
other than Johnston for providing the protections afforded to customers of Close
Brothers, nor for providing advice in relation to the matters described herein.

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