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Monday 16 December, 2002

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GB Group PLC
16 December 2002

16 December 2002

                                  GB Group plc

                  GB Announces Agreement With AstraZeneca for
               Global Pharmaceutical Stock Data Analysis Project


GB Group plc today announces that it has signed an agreement with AstraZeneca to
provide software and service solutions which support the Company's global
inventory management system.



Under the agreement, which is worth an initial £0.2 million, GB Group will
supply an Alterian based solution package and its own tailored consultancy
service to AstraZeneca.  The project has been established to help with the
analysis, reporting and the data management of its global pharmaceutical stocks
by country and to increase the speed of the flow of its data.  By providing the
services under the agreement, AstraZeneca confidently expects to make
significant cash savings in the area of stock management.



Richard Law, GB Group's Chief Executive, said:



'I am delighted with our agreement with AstraZeneca.  This is the first deal to
be closed from the pipeline of sales opportunities that GB Group acquired when
it bought eWare Interactive Limited on 1 November 2002 and I am confident that
more will follow.  With the combination of eWare Interactive and GB Group's own
operations, we have established ourselves as a market-leader in data analytics
and we have demonstrated our ability to provide an effective solution to a
client's data issue and help improve processes and profitability.'



For further information, please contact:


GB Group plc                                                                                 01244 657333
Richard Law, Chief Executive

Weber Shandwick Square Mile                                                                 020 7067 0700
Richard Hews
Christian San Jose

Website                                                                                      www.gb.co.uk





Notes for Editors:



1.         GB Group plc is a listed company based in Chester.  GB Group's
clients include Coral, De Vere Hotels, Bank of Ireland, npower, WHSmith - plus
many government agencies, such as HM Customs & Excise, National Criminal
Intelligence Service and the National Crime Squad.  GB Group is a business
partner of Alterian plc.



2.         AstraZeneca is one of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies.
Backed by a strong research base and extensive manufacturing and commercial
skills, it provides innovative, effective medicines that make a real difference
for patients in important areas of healthcare.



3.         Alterian plc is a listed company based in Bristol. Alterian's
software solutions deliver sophisticated analysis across vast data sets,
handling complex queries at train-of-thought speed. Users gain actionable
insight on their operational data and receive a rapid return on their
investment. Alterian business partners take the software to construct a product
or service or deliver a tailored solution to their customers.


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