SOURCE: REXEL

February 25, 2010 13:01 ET

REXEL : REXEL ANNOUNCES DISPOSAL OF A NON-CORE BUSINESS, HCL ASIA

PARIS--(Marketwire - February 25, 2010) - Rexel announces the sale of HCL Asia, one of the three activities of its Agencies Consumers Electronics (ACE) division[1], to the DKSH Group, a privately held Swiss company and the leading Market Expansion Services provider with a focus on Asia.

HCL Asia, headquartered in Hong Kong, distributes luxury products such as watches, skin care products and other fashion-related products in Asian countries through a network of 54 sales outlets as a wholesaler and duty- free agent.

This business was non-core for Rexel, a global leader in the distribution of electrical supplies, and generated sales of EUR 42 million in 2009 (out of total Group sales of EUR 11.3 billion).

Rexel, a global leader in the distribution of electrical supplies, serves three main end markets: industrial, commercial and residential. The Group operates in 34 countries, with a network of some 2,300 branches, and employs 29,000 people. Rexel's sales were EUR 11.3 billion in 2009. Its majority shareholders are an investor group led by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, Eurazeo and BAML Capital Partners.

Rexel is listed on the Eurolist market of Euronext Paris (compartment A, ticker RXL, ISIN code FR0010451203). It is integrated in the following indices: NEXT 150, SBF 120, and CAC Mid 100.

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

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|Financial Analysts /     |Press               |
|Investors                |                    |
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|Marc MAILLET             |     Penelope LINAGE|
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|( +33 1 42 85 76 12      | ( +33 1 42 85 76 28|
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|mmaillet@rexel.com       |   plinage@rexel.com|
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|Florence MEILHAC         |Brunswick: Thomas   |
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|( +33 1 42 85 57 61      | ( +33 1 53 96 83 92|
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|fmeilhac@rexel.com       |tkamm@brunswickgroup|
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1 The ACE division is reported under the " Other Activities " segment in Rexel's financial statements.

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