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Notification of Major Interest in Shares

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7 November 2007

  1. Identity of the issuer or the underlying issuer of existing shares to which voting rights are attached (ii):

    Associated British Foods plc
  2. Reason for the notification (please place an X inside the appropriate bracket/s):

    An acquisition or disposal of voting rights: (X)

    An acquisition or disposal of financial instruments which may result in the acquisition of shares already issued to which voting rights are attached: ( )

    An event changing the breakdown of voting rights: ( )

    Other (please specify):
  3. Full name of person(s) subject to the notification obligation:

    AXA S.A., 25 Avenue Matignon, 75008 Paris and its group of companies
  4. Full name of shareholder(s) (if different from 3.):

    N/A
  5. Date of the transaction (and date on which the threshold is crossed or reached if different):

    05/11/07
  6. Date on which issuer notified:

    06/11/07
  7. Threshold(s) that is/are crossed or reached: See 5 above.

    5%
  8. Notified details:

A: Voting rights attached to shares

Class/type of shares if
possible using the ISIN CODE
Situation previous to the Triggering transaction
Number of sharesNumber of voting Rights
0673123
33,504,462
33,504,462

Resulting situation after the triggering transaction

Class/type of shares if possible using the ISIN CODE
Number of sharesNumber of voting rights% of voting rights
DirectDirectIndirectDirectIndirect
0673123
3,545,372
3,545,372
38,297,683
0.45
4.84

B: Financial Instruments

Resulting situation after the triggering transaction

Type of financial instrument
Expiration Date
Exercise/Conversion Period/ Date
Number of voting rights that may be acquired if the instrument is exercised/ converted.
% of voting rights

Total (A+B) Number of voting rights
% of voting rights
41,843,055
5.29%

  1. Chain of controlled undertakings through which the voting rights and/or the financial instruments are effectively held, if applicable (xv):

    Name of the Company/Fund

    Number of Shares

    % of issued share capital

    AXA Financial, Inc

    Indirect

    37,312,557

    4.71312

    Sun Life International (IOM) Ltd

    Direct

    50,000

    0.00632

    AXA Financial, Inc

    Indirect

    49,200

    0.00621

    Sun Life Pensions Management Ltd

    Direct

    5,885

    0.00074

    Sun Life Pensions Management Ltd

    Direct

    4,200

    0.00053

    AXA Sun Life ABL High Alpha Life

    Direct

    100,400

    0.01268

    AXA Sun Life FTSE All Share Tracker Life

    Direct

    67,386

    0.00851

    AXA Sun Life ABL High Alpha Pension

    Direct

    504,300

    0.06370

    AXA Sun Life FTSE All Share Tracker Pension

    Direct

    345,102

    0.04359

    AXA Framlington Trustees for Roman Catholics

    Indirect

    80,000

    0.01011

    AXA Framlington London Scottish Pension Fund

    Indirect

    40,000

    0.00505

    AXA Framlington St James Place Exempt (Pens) Fund

    Indirect

    185,000

    0.02337

    AXA Framlington St James Place Net (Life) Fund

    Indirect

    207,000

    0.02615

    AXA Framlington St James Place Offshore Fund

    Indirect

    48,000

    0.00606

    AXA Framlington Daimler Chrysler

    Indirect

    96,226

    0.01215

    AXA Framlington Managed Balanced

    Indirect

    160,000

    0.02021

    AXA Framlington onshore private clients

    Indirect

    119,700

    0.01512

    AXA Winterthur

    Direct

    2,044,298

    0.25822

    AXA Sun Life plc With Profit Transition Fund

    Direct

    261,295

    0.03301

    Sun Life Assurance Society plc With Profit Transition Fund

    Direct

    162,506

    0.02053

    Total Direct

    3,545,372

    0.44783

    Total Indirect

    38,297,683

    4.83756

    TOTAL

    41,843,055

    5.28539


Proxy Voting:

  1. Name of the proxy holder:
    N/A
  2. Number of voting rights proxy holder will cease to hold:
    N/A
  3. Date on which proxy holder will cease to hold voting rights:
    N/A
  4. Additional information:
  5. Contact name:
    Rosalyn Mendelsohn
    Deputy Company Secretary
    Associated British Foods plc
  6. Contact telephone number:
    020 7399 6500
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