The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc.
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The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc.

August 19, 2005 00:00 ET

The Jean Coutu Group publishes its 2005 Annual Report - It's all about people

LONGUEUIL, Aug. 19 /CCNMatthews/ - The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc. (the
"Company" or the "Jean Coutu Group") today published the 19th edition of its
Annual Report, which covers the fiscal year ended on May 28, 2005. In this
report, the Jean Coutu Group presents a review of its operations and its
financial results for the fiscal year.
The Annual Report, Notice of Annual Meeting of Shareholders, Management
Proxy Circular and Annual Information Form are now available online to
investors, customers, the media, analysts, employees and the general public at
the Company's website at www.jeancoutu.com using the company profile -
investor relations link. Readers may also access additional information and
filings related to the Company using the following links to the SEDAR
www.sedar.com (Canada) and EDGAR www.sec.gov (United States) websites. The
print version of the Company's 2005 Annual Report along with the circular and
proxy documents for the annual meeting of shareholders have been sent to the
Jean Coutu Group shareholders.
The annual general meeting of shareholders of The Jean Coutu Group will
be held at 9:30 AM ET on September 15, 2005 at its corporate headquarters,
530 Beriault Street in Longueuil, Quebec, Canada. The annual general meeting
will also be webcast for those unable to attend in person.

About The Jean Coutu Group

The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc. is the fourth largest drugstore chain in
North America and the second largest in both the eastern United States and
Canada. The Company and its combined network of 2,243 corporate and franchised
drugstores (under the banners of Brooks and Eckerd Pharmacy, PJC Jean Coutu,
PJC Clinique and PJC Santé Beauté) employ more than 60,000 people.
The Jean Coutu Group's United States operations employ 46,000 people and
comprise 1,922 corporate owned stores located in 18 states of the
Northeastern, mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States. The Jean Coutu
Group's Canadian operations and franchised drugstores in its network employ
over 14,000 people and comprise 321 PJC Jean Coutu franchised stores in
Quebec, New Brunswick and Ontario.



For further information: Michael Murray, Director, Investor Relations,
The Jean Coutu Group (PJC), Inc., (450) 646-9760; Hélène Bisson, Media and
Public Relations, (514) 393-1180, ext. 343, 1-877-894-8993; Source: Kim
Lachapelle, Corporate Secretary, The Jean Coutu Group (PJC), Inc., (450)
646-9760