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RATNERS APPOINTS CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR UK JEWELRY OPERATIONS

 NEW YORK, May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Ratners Group plc (NASDAQ: RATNY), the world's largest jewelry retailer, announced today the appointment of Laurence Cooklin as the chief executive of the company's UK jewelry operations, reporting to Mr. James McAdam, chairman and group chief executive. Ratners operates 778 retail jewelry stores in the United Kingdom and 937 retail jewelry stores in the United States, operating under a variety of names.
 Mr. Cooklin will be responsible for the operational management of the company's three UK jewelry chains, H. Samuel, Ratners and Ernest Jones.
 Ratners also announced that Mr. Gary O'Brien has been appointed chairman of Salisburys, the company's fashion accessories chain, in addition to his responsibilities as the company's finance director.
 Welcoming Laurence Cooklin to n?ers Group, James McAdam said, "The changes announced today will greatly strengthen the management of our UK retail operations. Laurence brings to Ratners a lifetime's experience in retailing and I am certain he will make a very significant contribution to the group."
 Mr. Cooklin, age 48, was previously chief executive of the Burton Group plc. A graduate of London University with an MBA from the University of Chicago, Mr. Cooklin joined the Burton Group in 1970. He became chief executive in 1990.
 During his period at The Burton Group, Mr. Cooklin was responsible for building the company's buying and merchandising expertise and acquired an in depth knowledge of managing a network of UK-based specialty retailing stores.
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 /CONTACT: Thomas C. Franco or Jeffrey G. Gibson of Broadgate Consultants, Inc., 212-229-2222, for Ratners Group plc/
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