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Friday 19 May, 2006

NASDAQ Stock Market

Acquisition of shares in LSE

NASDAQ Stock Market, Inc. (The)
19 May 2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION IN OR INTO AUSTRALIA, CANADA, JAPAN
OR THE UNITED STATES


            ACQUISITION OF SHARES IN LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE GROUP PLC

The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. ('NASDAQ') announces that it has acquired
2,219,250 shares in London Stock Exchange Group plc ('LSE') for an average price
of 1,235.5 pence per share. The consideration represents approximately GBP 27.4
million (c. US$ 51.1 million).

In addition to the 52,006,155 LSE shares owned following the share
consolidation, this acquisition takes NASDAQ's holding in LSE to 54,225,405
shares or c. 25.1% of the issued share capital of LSE.

'We are pleased to have increased our strategic investment in LSE in excess of
the important threshold of 25%', commented Bob Greifeld, President and Chief
Executive Officer of NASDAQ.


Enquiries:

NASDAQ corporate communications                    
Bethany Sherman                                        Tel: + 1 (212) 401 8714

Gavin Anderson & Company 
Richard Constant                                       Tel: + 44 (0)20 7554 1403

Greenhill & Co. International LLP (Financial adviser to NASDAQ) 
Simon Borrows                                          Tel: + 44 (0)20 7440 0400

Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein Securities Limited (Broker to NASDAQ) 
Angus Kerr                                             Tel: + 44 (0)20 7623 8000


Greenhill & Co. International LLP ('Greenhill & Co.'), which is regulated by the
Financial Services Authority, is acting for NASDAQ in connection the transaction
and for no one else and will not be responsible to anyone other than NASDAQ for
providing the protections afforded to customers of Greenhill & Co. nor for
providing advice in relation to the transaction.

Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein Securities Limited, which is authorized and
regulated by the Financial Services Authority, is acting in the capacity of
corporate broker for NASDAQ in connection the transaction and for no one else
and will not be responsible to anyone other than NASDAQ for providing the
protections afforded to customers of Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein Securities
Limited nor for providing advice in relation to the transaction.





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