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Wednesday 11 January, 2006

Peacock Group

Quarterly Trading Statement

Peacock Group PLC
11 January 2006

                                                                 11 January 2006



                             THE PEACOCK GROUP PLC

                            QUARTERLY TRADING UPDATE



The Peacock Group plc is pleased to issue the following third quarter trading
update covering the 13 week period from 2 October 2005 to 31 December 2005 in
line with its reporting practice.



Group

                                           13 weeks to        39 weeks to        39 weeks to
                                           31 December        31 December         1 January

                                               2005               2005               2005
Total Sales                                   12.0%              11.1%              12.2%
Like-for-like Sales                            6.1%               4.4%               3.4%
Like-for-like Gross Profit                     7.0%               6.4%               5.1%



Divisional analysis
                                                      13 weeks to        39 weeks to        39 weeks to
                                                      31 December        31 December         1 January

                                                          2005               2005              2005
Peacocks             Total Sales                         11.8%              11.0%              15.5%
                     Like-for-like Sales                  7.5%               6.2%              9.2%
                     Like-for-like Gross Profit           9.5%               9.8%              11.0%

bonmarche            Total Sales                          5.1%               7.2%              2.5%
                     Like-for-like Sales                 (0.3%)              1.6%             (7.7)%
                     Like-for-like Gross Profit          (2.6%)             (1.0%)            (6.3)%

The Fragrance Shop   Total Sales                         71.4%              72.5%              68.9%
                     Like-for-like Sales                  8.8%               6.3%              6.1%
                     Like-for-like Gross Profit          10.4%               8.5%              10.2%





Peacocks



Peacocks excellent trading results continued despite the strong prior year
comparatives, as the chain's extended fashion focus further enhanced its
position in the value market.  Womenswear continued to perform particularly
well.  Peacocks completed its refurbishment programme in line with target during
the quarter.  With the opening of 10 stores, the Division operates from 446
stores across the country.



bonmarche



bonmarche maintained a fairly high level of clearance activity, which again
resulted in lower margins year on year.  However, stock levels are now much
cleaner than a year ago allowing the division more freedom in its purchasing
strategy going forward. At the period end, it traded from 363 stores after 7
openings during the quarter.

The Fragrance Shop



We continued with the accelerated roll out of the TFS format to fifteen more
locations over the quarter, bringing the Division's total number of stores to
83.  We are also realising margin benefits from the increased scale of the
business.



Enquiries:
Hudson Sandler                                       Tel:  020 7796 4133
Andrew Hayes/ James Hill



Note

Acquisition of The Peacock Group plc by Henson No.1 Limited



The Completion of the acquisition remains subject to the High Court sanctioning
the Scheme and confirming the associated reduction of Peacock's share capital at
a Court hearing which is taking place today.  Subject to the Scheme receiving
the sanction and confirmation of the Court, the effective date of the Scheme is
expected to be 13 January 2006.  It is expected that dealings in Peacocks Shares
will be suspended at 7.30am on 13 January 2006 and, if the Scheme becomes
effective on 13 January 2006, listing of the Peacocks Shares will be cancelled
on 17 January 2006.  The consideration due to Shareholders is expected to be
sent by 27 January 2006.


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