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Rio Tinto (RIO)

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Friday 07 April, 2006

Rio Tinto

Transaction in Own Shares

Rio Tinto PLC
07 April 2006

Rio Tinto plc today acquired through JPMorgan Cazenove Limited 150,000 of its
ordinary shares at an average price of 3101.7729 pence per ordinary share. The
purchased shares will all be held as treasury shares.

Following the above purchase, Rio Tinto plc holds 12,167,655 ordinary shares as
treasury shares. The total number of ordinary shares in issue (excluding shares
held as treasury shares) is 1,060,077,822.

For further information, please contact:

Investor Relations

Nigel Jones

Office: +44 (0) 20 7753 2401

Mobile: +44 (0) 7917 227 365

Secretarial Department

Matthew Whyte

Office: +44 (0) 20 7753 2317


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