SOURCE: Pink OTC Markets Inc.

September 12, 2008 09:22 ET

Imperial Tobacco Group PLC Joins International OTCQX

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - September 12, 2008) - Pink OTC Markets Inc., the leading electronic inter-dealer quotation system, trading technology and financial information provider for over-the-counter (OTC) securities, today announced that Imperial Tobacco Group PLC ("Imperial Tobacco") (PINKSHEETS: ITYBY) (OTCQX: ITYBY), the world's fourth largest international tobacco company, has chosen to list its American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) on International OTCQX.

Imperial Tobacco's ADRs began trading today on the OTC market's highest tier, International PremierQX, where investors can find current disclosure and financial information on the company (available on www.otcqx.com and www.pinksheets.com).

"We are pleased to welcome a company of Imperial Tobacco's caliber to the International OTCQX market tier," said R. Cromwell Coulson, Chairman and CEO of Pink OTC Markets Inc. "As an International OTCQX-listed company, Imperial Tobacco distinguishes itself as one of the most prestigious companies trading over-the-counter, and provides U.S. investors with access to their latest news and disclosure information."

Citibank will serve as Imperial Tobacco's Principal American Liaison ("PAL") on the International OTCQX, responsible for providing guidance on listing requirements.

Imperial Tobacco's ADRs will trade in the United States on International OTCQX under the ticker "ITYBY" where each ADR will represent two ordinary shares. Imperial Tobacco's shares are also listed on the London Stock Exchange. The company's headquarters are in Bristol, United Kingdom.

About Imperial Tobacco Group PLC

Imperial Tobacco Group PLC is the world's fourth largest international tobacco company. The Group manufactures and sells a comprehensive range of cigarettes, tobaccos, rolling papers, filter tubes and cigars in over 160 countries worldwide and currently has around 40,000 employees and 58 manufacturing sites.

About International OTCQX

International OTCQX provides a gateway to U.S. securities markets for international companies that are listed on a qualified non-U.S. exchange and provide ongoing disclosure in English to U.S. investors. More importantly, International OTCQX distinguishes the reputable international issuers from the 8,000 over-the-counter (OTC) securities traded in the U.S. Only leading companies that have substantial operating businesses and provide credible disclosure to the public are eligible for inclusion on the premium-tier International OTCQX, which commenced trading on March 5, 2007. For more about International OTCQX, visit www.otcqx.com.

About Pink OTC Markets Inc.

Pink OTC Markets Inc. provides the leading inter-dealer electronic quotation and trading system in the over-the-counter (OTC) securities market. We create innovative technology and data solutions to efficiently connect market participants, improve price discovery, increase issuer disclosure, and better inform investors. Pink OTC Markets operates the third largest U.S. equity trading venue which includes both the elite OTCQX market tiers for strong OTC-traded companies that can satisfy financial and disclosure listing standards and Pink Sheets for all other OTC quoted securities.

Over 230 financial service firms, including the ten largest U.S. investment banks, actively make markets in OTCQX and Pink Sheets quoted securities and in 2007 these firms traded over $160 billion of OTCQX and Pink Sheets securities. Pink OTC Markets offers widespread access to all U.S. broker-dealers, enabling investors to seamlessly trade these securities through their institutional, online, or full service brokers.

Pink OTC Markets is headquartered in New York City.

To learn more about how Pink OTC Markets' products and services make OTC markets more transparent, informed, and efficient, please visit our websites at www.pinksheets.com and www.otcqx.com or contact us at info@pinkotc.com.

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