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Friday 16 July, 2004

Fortune Brands Inc

Fortune Brands to End Listing on London Stock

Fortune Brands Inc
                  

Fortune Brands, Inc. (NYSE: FO), a leading US-based consumer brands
company, today announced that it will end the listing of its common stock on the
London Stock Exchange.

The New York Stock Exchange will remain the primary exchange for trading in
shares of Fortune Brands stock. Fortune Brands' average trading volume on the
New York Stock Exchange has increased significantly, and minimal trading volume
on the London Exchange no longer justifies maintaining the secondary listing.

This action will take effect on August 20, 2004.

Fortune Brands, Inc. is a $6 billion leading consumer brands company. Its
operating companies have premier brands and leading market positions in home and
hardware products, spirits and wine, golf equipment and office products. Home
and hardware brands include Moen faucets, Aristokraft, Schrock, Diamond and
Omega cabinets, Therma-Tru door systems, Master Lock padlocks and Waterloo tool
storage sold by units of Fortune Brands Home & Hardware, Inc. Major spirits and
wine brands sold by units of Jim Beam Brands Worldwide, Inc. include Jim Beam
and Knob Creek bourbons, DeKuyper cordials, The Dalmore single malt Scotch, Vox
vodka and Geyser Peak and Wild Horse wines. Acushnet Company's golf brands
include Titleist, Cobra and FootJoy. Office brands include Swingline, Wilson
Jones, Kensington and Day-Timer sold by units of ACCO World Corporation. Fortune
Brands, headquartered in Lincolnshire, Illinois, is traded on the New York Stock
Exchange under the ticker symbol FO and is included in the S&P 500 Index.

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Contact:                                    
Media Relations:                            
Clarkson Hine                               
(847) 484-4415                              

Investor Relations:
Tony Diaz
(847) 484-4410
                                                                                                                                      

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