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NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, IN, INTO

OR FROM ANY JURISDICTION WHERE TO DO SO WOULD CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF

THE RELEVANT LAWS OF SUCH JURISDICTION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

25 July 2016

RECOMMENDED CASH AND SHARE OFFER

FOR

HOME RETAIL GROUP PLC

BY

J SAINSBURY PLC

SATISFACTION OF REGULATORY CONDITION IN RELATION TO THE FINANCIAL

CONDUCT AUTHORITY (“FCA”) On 1 April 2016, the boards of J Sainsbury plc (“Sainsbury’s”) and Home Retail Group plc (“Home Retail Group”) announced (the “Rule 2.7 Announcement”) that they had reached agreement on the terms of a recommended cash and share offer (the “Acquisition”) to be made by Sainsbury’s for the entire issued and to be issued share capital of Home Retail Group. On 5 July 2016, Home Retail Group plc published the scheme document in connection with the Acquisition (the “Scheme Document”). On the same day, Sainsbury's published the prospectus in relation to the New Sainsbury's Shares to be issued in connection with the Acquisition (the “Prospectus”).

The boards of Sainsbury's and Home Retail Group plc are pleased to announce that they have received approval from the FCA in relation to the Acquisition and, as a result, the Condition set out in paragraph 1(e) of Part III of the Scheme Document has now been satisfied.

The Acquisition remains subject to the satisfaction or waiver (if capable of waiver) of the remaining Conditions as set out in the Scheme Document including, amongst others, the approvals of the Home Retail Group Shareholders at the Court Meeting and General Meeting to be held on 27 July 2016.

Defined terms used but not defined in this announcement have the meanings set out in the Scheme Document.

Enquiries Sainsbury's Joanna Le Neve Foster, Investor Relations Tel: +44 (0) 20 7695 0080 Louise Evans/Anna Harland, Media Relations Tel: +44 (0) 20 7695 7295 Morgan Stanley (Financial Adviser to Sainsbury's) Paul Baker Tel: +44 (0) 20 7425 8000 Nick Bishop UBS (Financial Adviser to Sainsbury's) Hew Glyn Davies Tel: +44 (0) 20 7567 8000 Anna Richardson Brown Brunswick (PR Adviser to Sainsbury's) Katie Ioanilli Tel: +44 (0) 20 7404 5959 Mike Smith Home Retail Group Richard Ashton, Finance Director Tel: +44 (0) 1908 600 291 Mark Willis, Director of Investor Relations Bank of America Merrill Lynch (Financial Adviser to Home Retail Group) Jonathan Bewes

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This announcement is for information purposes only. It is not intended to and does not constitute, or form part of, any offer, invitation or the solicitation of an offer to purchase, otherwise acquire, subscribe for, sell or otherwise dispose of any securities, or the solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction, pursuant to the Acquisition or otherwise, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of securities of Sainsbury's or Home Retail Group pursuant to the Acquisition or otherwise in any jurisdiction in contravention of applicable law. The Acquisition will be implemented solely by means of the Scheme Document (or, in the event that the Acquisition is to be implemented by means of a Takeover Offer, the Offer Document) or any document by which the Acquisition is made which will contain the full terms and conditions of the Acquisition, including details of how to vote in respect of the Acquisition.

Sainsbury's urges Home Retail Group Shareholders to read the Scheme Document and the Prospectus carefully because they contain important information in relation to the Acquisition and the New Sainsbury's Shares. Any decision or vote in respect of the Acquisition should be made only on the basis of the information contained in the Scheme Document (or, in the event that the Acquisition is to be implemented by means of a Takeover Offer, the Offer Document) and the Prospectus.

This announcement is an advertisement and does not constitute a prospectus or prospectus equivalent document.

Important notices relating to financial advisers Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc (“Morgan Stanley”), which is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority in the United Kingdom, is acting as financial adviser to Sainsbury's and noone else in connection with the Acquisition or any other matter referred to herein. In connection with such matters, Morgan Stanley, its affiliates and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents will not regard anyone other than Sainsbury's as their client, nor will they be responsible to any other person for providing the protections afforded to their clients or for providing advice in relation to the Acquisition, the contents of this announcement or any other matter referred to herein.

UBS Limited (“UBS”) which is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority in the UK is acting as joint financial adviser to Sainsbury's and no one else in connection with the matters set out in this announcement. In connection with such matters, UBS, its affiliates, and its or their respective directors, officers, employees and agents will not regard any other person as their client, nor will they be responsible to anyone other than Sainsbury's for providing the protections afforded to their clients or for providing advice in relation to the contents of this announcement or any other matter referred to herein.





Merrill Lynch International (“Bank of America Merrill Lynch”), a subsidiary of Bank of America Corporation, is acting exclusively for Home Retail Group plc in connection with the matters set out in this announcement and for no one else and will not be responsible to anyone other than Home Retail Group plc for providing the protections afforded to its clients or for providing advice in relation to the matters set out in this announcement.

Overseas Shareholders

The release, publication or distribution of this announcement in or into jurisdictions other than the UK and the availability of the Acquisition to Home Retail Group Shareholders who are not resident in the UK or who are subject to the laws and/or regulations of another jurisdiction (including the ability of such Home Retail Group Shareholders to vote their Home Retail Group Shares with respect to the Scheme and the Acquisition at the Home Retail Group Meetings, or to execute and deliver Forms of Proxy appointing another to vote at the Home Retail Group Meetings on their behalf) may be restricted by the laws and/or regulations of those jurisdictions. Therefore any persons who are not resident in the UK or who are subject to the laws and/or regulations of any jurisdiction other than the UK should inform themselves about, and observe, any applicable legal or regulatory requirements. Any failure to comply with the applicable restrictions may constitute a violation of the laws and/or regulations of any such jurisdiction. To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, the companies and persons involved in the Acquisition disclaim any responsibility or liability for the violation of such restrictions by any person.

The Acquisition relates to shares of a UK company and is proposed to be effected by means of a scheme of arrangement under the laws of England and Wales. This announcement has been prepared for the purposes of complying with English law, the Listing Rules, the rules of the London Stock Exchange and the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers (the “Code”) and the information disclosed may not be the same as that which would have been disclosed if this announcement had been prepared in accordance with the laws and/or regulations of jurisdictions outside the United Kingdom.

Unless otherwise determined by Sainsbury’s or required by the Code, and permitted by applicable law and regulation, the Acquisition will not be made, directly or indirectly, in, into or from any Restricted Jurisdiction where to do so would violate the laws and/or regulations in that jurisdiction and no person may vote in favour of the Acquisition by any such use, means, instrumentality or form within a Restricted Jurisdiction or any other jurisdiction if to do so would constitute a violation of the laws and/or regulations of that jurisdiction. Accordingly, unless otherwise determined by Sainsbury’s or Home Retail Group plc or required by the Code, and permitted by applicable law and regulation, copies of this announcement and any formal documentation relating to the Acquisition are not being, and must not be, directly or indirectly, mailed or otherwise forwarded, distributed or sent in, into or from any Restricted Jurisdiction where to do so would violate the laws in that jurisdiction, and persons receiving such documents relating to the Acquisition (including agents, custodians, nominees and trustees) must not mail or otherwise forward, distribute or send them in, into or from any Restricted Jurisdiction or such jurisdictions where to do so would violate the laws in that jurisdiction. Any person (including, without limitation, any custodian, nominee and trustee) who would, or otherwise intends to, or who may have a contractual or legal obligation to, forward this announcement and/or the Scheme Document and/or any other related document to any jurisdiction outside the UK should inform themselves of, and observe, any applicable legal or regulatory requirements of their jurisdiction. If the Acquisition is implemented by way of a Takeover Offer (unless otherwise permitted by applicable law and regulation), the Takeover Offer may not be made directly or indirectly, in, into or from or by the use of mails or any other means or instrumentality (including, but not limited to, facsimile, e-mail or other electronic transmission, telex or telephone) of interstate or foreign commerce of, or of any facility of a national state or other securities exchange of any Restricted Jurisdiction and the Takeover Offer may not be capable of acceptance by any such use, means, instrumentality or facilities or from within any Restricted Jurisdiction.

The availability of the Acquisition to Home Retail Group Shareholders who are not resident in the United Kingdom may be affected by the laws of the relevant jurisdictions in which they are resident. Persons who are not resident in the United Kingdom should inform themselves of, and observe, any applicable requirements.

Further details in relation to Home Retail Group Shareholders in overseas jurisdictions are contained in the Scheme Document.

Note to US holders of Home Retail Group Shares and Home Retail Group ADR Holders US holders of Home Retail Group Shares and Home Retail Group ADR Holders should note that the Acquisition relates to the securities of a UK company with a listing on the London Stock Exchange and is proposed to be implemented pursuant to a scheme of arrangement provided for under English company law. A transaction effected by means of a scheme of arrangement is not subject to the tender offer rules or the proxy solicitation rules under the US Exchange Act.

Accordingly, the Acquisition will be subject to UK procedural and disclosure requirements and practices applicable to a scheme of arrangement involving a target company in England listed on the London Stock Exchange, which are different from the disclosure requirements of the US tender offer and proxy solicitation rules. The financial information included in this announcement and other documentation related to the Acquisition has been or will have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards and thus may not be comparable to financial information of US companies or companies whose financial statements are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the US. If Sainsbury's exercises its right, in the circumstances provided for in this announcement, to implement the Acquisition by way of a Takeover Offer, such Takeover Offer will only be made in the United States if an exemption from the registration requirements of the US Securities Act is available.

The New Sainsbury's Shares to be issued pursuant to the Acquisition have not been registered under the US Securities Act or under any laws or with any securities regulatory authority of any state, district or other jurisdiction, of the United States, and may only be offered or sold in the United States in reliance on an exemption from registration requirements of the US Securities Act including in the case of the proposed scheme of arrangement, Section 3(a)(10) thereunder.

Neither the SEC nor any US state securities commission has approved or disapproved of the New Sainsbury's Shares to be issued in connection with the Acquisition, or determined if this announcement is accurate or complete. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offence in the United States.

It may be difficult for US holders of Home Retail Group Shares and Home Retail Group ADR Holders to enforce their rights and claims arising out of the US federal securities laws, since Sainsbury's and Home Retail Group are located in countries other than the United States, and some or all of their officers and directors may be residents of countries other than the United States. US holders of Home Retail Group Shares and Home Retail Group ADR Holders may not be able to sue a non-US company or its officers or directors in a non-US court for violations of US securities laws. Further, it may be difficult to compel a non-US company and its affiliates to subject themselves to a US court's judgement.

Publication on website and availability of hard copies

A copy of this announcement will be made available on Home Retail Group’s website at https://www.homeretailgroup.com/investor-centre/sainsburys-offer/ and, subject to certain restrictions relating to persons resident in or subject to laws and/or regulations of any Restricted Jurisdictions, on the Sainsbury’s website at http://www.j-sainsbury.co.uk/investor-centre/disclaimer/ by no later than 12 noon (London time) on 26 July 2016. For the avoidance of doubt, the contents of these websites are not incorporated into and do not form part of this announcement.



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