SOURCE: REXEL

October 09, 2007 06:15 ET

REXEL : Press release

PARIS--(Marketwire - October 9, 2007) - Rexel notes Sonepar's intention to launch a public offer on Hagemeyer.

In this context, Rexel is reviewing all its strategic options.

Rexel will keep the market informed of its decisions.

For further information, please contact:

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|Financial Analysts /     |Press               |
|Investors                |                    |
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|Frédéric de Castro       |     Pénélope Linage|
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|+33 1 42 85 76 12        |   +33 1 42 85 76 28|
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|fdecastro@rexel.com      |   plinage@rexel.com|
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|                         |           Brunswick|
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|                         |         Thomas Kamm|
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|                         |   +33 1 53 96 83 92|
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|                         |tkamm@brunswickgroup|
|                         |.com                |
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Worldwide leader in the distribution of electrical supplies, Rexel is serving three main end markets: industrial, commercial and residential. The Group is present in 29 countries, with a network of 1,945 branches, and employs 25,400 people. Rexel's sales were 9.3 billion EUR in 2006. Its majority shareholders are an investor group led by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, Eurazeo and Merrill Lynch Global Private Equity.

Rexel is listed on the Eurolist market of Euronext Paris (compartment A, ticker RXL, ISIN code FR0010451203).

For more information, visit Rexel's web site at www.rexel.com

Certain of the statements contained in this release may be statements of future expectations and other forward-looking statements that are based on management's estimates, views, expectations and assumptions. Words such as "expects", "anticipates", "plans", "aims", "projects", "believes", "estimates", "target", "will", "may", "could", "should" and variations of these words and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements which include but are not limited to projections of revenues, earnings, segment performance, cash flows, contract awards. By their nature, forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and generally beyond under the control of Rexel, as they relate to events and depend on circumstances that may or may not occur in the future. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of Rexel's future performance. Rexel's actual results of operations, financial condition and liquidity as well as development of the industry in which Rexel operates may differ materially from those made in or suggested by the forward-looking statements contained in this release. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release. Rexel expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to review or confirm analyst expectations or estimates, to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events that occur or circumstances that arise after the date of this release.

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