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PRIMARK ACQUIRES UK WEATHER INFORMATION SERVICE COMPANIES

 MCLEAN, Va., Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Primark Corporation (NYSE/PSE: PMK) announced that it has acquired two British weather information service companies, The Weather Department, Ltd. (TWD) and The Computer Department, Ltd. (TCD), through its wholly-owned subsidiary TASC (The Analytic Sciences Corporation). Terms of the deals were not disclosed.
 TWD provides weather forecasting and programming services to media clients in broadcasting and cable television in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Scandinavia and Portugal. TCD provides customized weather information systems. Both companies are located in Great Britain and together have annualized revenues in excess of $1.5 million.
 TASC, through its weather information subsidiary WSI, will contribute unique technology, data and weather workstation capabilities for the production of on-air graphics and animation which will enable the two British companies to expand and enhance their services to European clients. "The acquisitions are a natural extension to TASC's U.S. operations and provide us with a strong foothold in the rapidly growing European weather market," said Joseph E. Kasputys, Primark's chairman and CEO.
 WSI is the leading provider of value-added weather information services to customers in North America. In addition to servicing over 350 television stations in the United States, some of its other clients include CNN, The Weather Channel, Delta Airlines, Federal Express and the Federal Aviation Administration.
 Primark Corporation, headquartered in McLean, is an international company principally engaged in information service businesses.
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 /CONTACT: Steven L. Schneider of Primark, 703-790-7630/
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