J Sainsbury Plc and Accenture Announce Change in IT Resourcing

NEW YORK and LONDON; Oct. 27, 2005 - Sainsbury’s and Accenture today announce that the IT services currently provided by Accenture will be migrated back to Sainsbury’s together with a number of Accenture employees.

During the last five years, Accenture has been instrumental in improving the IT capability of Sainsbury’s business and delivered considerable improvements in system stability and operational cost reductions through the re-platforming of the vast majority of Sainsbury’s IT systems.

As part of the Making Sainsbury’s Great Again plan, Sainsbury’s IT focus has changed and it has decided that it is the right time to rebuild its expertise back in-house. Sainsbury’s will treat all termination and / or transition costs as an exceptional item in the year ending March 2006. Further details will be provided in due course. Sainsbury’s said that it expects that as a result of future cost savings the exit costs are expected to payback in the short term.

Accenture said that it does not currently expect this change to have a material impact on results from operations in fiscal year 2006.

Detailed plans are now being drawn up for the migration of the IT services and future development needs from Accenture to Sainsbury’s. During this period all Sainsbury’s IT systems will remain fully operational and there will be no change in the IT service provided.

Sainsbury’s and Accenture’s priority throughout the migration period will be to ensure that customers and colleagues are unaffected by the change, particularly through the Christmas and Easter trading periods. Key IT development will continue as planned.

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  1. Sainsbury’s originally outsourced IT operations to Accenture in November 2000.
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  3. The relationship between Sainsbury’s and Accenture covers the provision, development and ongoing support of all IT systems with the exception of those operating within Sainsbury’s automated distribution centres.
  4. The Making Sainsbury’s Great Again plan was announced on 19 October 2004.

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Mark Radvanyi

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