Co-operative Group Limited: Accession of New Guarantor

December 11, 2014

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The accession of a new Guarantor of the £36,653,721.12 Instalment Repayment Subordinated__ Notes due 2025 ISIN GB00BFXWHQ29 (the “Instalment Repayment Notes”) and the £109,062,852 11 per cent. Subordinated Final Repayment Notes due 2025 ISIN GB00BFXW0630 (the “Final Repayment Notes”) and together, (the “Notes”).

This serves to notify Noteholders of the above mentioned Notes that on 11 December 2014, Co-operative Group Limited agreed to the accession of Co-operative Foodstores Limited as a new Guarantor under the Notes.

Investor enquiries:

Co-operative Group Limited:
Roger Morgan, Group Treasurer - 08437 511953

Computershare Investor Services PLC:
0870 889 4026

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