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Thursday 03 July, 2003

Hamleys PLC

Offers for Hamleys

Hamleys PLC
03 July 2003

3 July 2003

Hamleys PLC ('Hamleys')

Statement re offers for Hamleys

The independent directors of Hamleys (the 'Independent Directors') note the
further increased offer announcement made by KPMG Corporate Finance on behalf of
Soldier Limited at 254p per Hamleys share, for which no prior recommendation was

The Independent Directors repeat their previous advice given to shareholders
that they take no action in respect of any offer made to date by either Soldier
Limited or Children's Stores Holdings Limited.

A further announcement will be made in due course.


Hamleys PLC                                                  Tel: 020 7479 7316
Simon Burke
Executive Chairman

Close Brothers Corporate Finance Limited                     Tel: 020 7655 3100
Richard Grainger
John Nener

Brunswick                                                    Tel: 020 7404 5959
Rebecca Blackwood
Melissa McVeigh

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 which is regulated by The Securities
and Futures Authority Limited in the United Kingdom, is acting for Hamleys and
no one else in connection with this matter and will not be responsible to anyone
other than Hamleys for providing the protections afforded to customers of Close
Brothers Corporate Finance Limited nor for providing advice in relation to this

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