Repurchase of shares

Repurchase of shares In connection with the release of Axfood's half-year interim report, Axfood announced that payment for the company's acquisition of HP Billigt & Nära would consist of repurchased shares. The Board's proposal to the Extraordinary General Meeting on October 20 entails that the Board will be authorized - during the period up until the next annual general meeting - to repurchase a maximum of 1,600,000 shares, to be used as payment for the acquisition of HP Billigt & Nära. The share repurchase will take place on the OM Stockholm Exchange or through a directed offer to all shareholders. For further information, please contact: Mats Jansson, President and CEO, tel. +46-8-700 66 31, mobile +46-70-569 48 11, or Lars Nilsson, Executive Vice President and CFO, tel. +46-8-700 66 33, mobile +46-70-569 66 33 Axfood AB is one of the largest listed food wholesale and retail companies in the Nordic countries. The company conducts wholesale and retail trading through a number of store profiles, including Hemköp, Willys, Spar, Vivo and Tempo. Consolidated annual sales are estimated at approximately SEK 30 billion, with approximately 8,000 full-year employees. The company has over 1,000 stores in Sweden, of which 250 are wholly or partly owned, while the remainder are run by independent merchants tied to the company through agreements. In addition, the company has some 330 stores in Finland, of which 85 are wholly owned and the remainder operated by independent merchants. The market share is nearly 20 percent in Sweden and approximately 10 percent in Finland. Axfood AB is listed on the A-list of the OM Stockholm Exchange. Axel Johnson AB is the principal owner, with approximately 45 percent of the shares. ------------------------------------------------------------ This information was brought to you by BIT http://www.bit.se The following files are available for download: http://www.bit.se/bitonline/2000/09/18/20000918BIT01150/bit0001.doc http://www.bit.se/bitonline/2000/09/18/20000918BIT01150/bit0002.pdf

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