“Atos Origin takes over the infrastructure division of Itellium, a subsidiary of Karstadtquelle”

Paris - September 2nd, 2004

Atos Origin, a leading international provider of Information Technology services, has today signed an agreement under which its German subsidiary, Atos Origin GmbH, will take over the Infrastructure Division of Itellium Systems and Services GmbH, the Information Technology subsidiary of KarstadtQuelle AG.

The agreement comprises the Infrastructure Division of Itellium Systems and Services GmbH, which has responsibility for KarstadtQuelle's data processing centres, network operations, terminal device support and the application management group. Ownership of the two main data processing centres, in Essen and Nuremberg, will transfer to Atos Origin. These data centres provide critical round-the-clock support for KarstadtQuelle's main retail operations, with mirrored back-up server infrastructure. Approximately 900 staff will transfer to Atos Origin under a business transfer arrangement.

This long-term outsourcing agreement will take effect from October 1st, 2004 and will enable KarstadtQuelle to focus on its core business activities.

Itellium Systems and Services GmbH will continue to exist as a retail-oriented consultative and systems integration company. Within KarstadtQuelle, the focus of Itellium's future operations will be on the improvement of the Group's operational processes. Itellium will continue to offer a number of fully developed retail checkout solutions to external clients.

Bernard Bourigeaud, Chairman of the Management Board of Atos Origin said:
“ We are delighted that KarstadtQuelle has chosen us to support their operations. Atos Origin has extensive experience in the retail industry throughout Europe and we believe that we will be able to help KarstadtQuelle drive forward their strategy. We are also pleased that this agreement will expand our operations significantly in the German market, which has been a strategic commitment within Atos Origin for some time.”


About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company's annual revenues are more than EUR 5 billion and it employs 45,000 people in 50 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and its clients include ABN AMRO, Akzo Nobel, Alstom, BNP Paribas, BP, Ericsson, EDF, Euronext, Fiat, France Telecom, ICI, ING, KPN, Lucent, Philips, Renault, Royal Bank of Scotland, Saudi Aramco, Schlumberger, Shell, Telecom Italia, UBS, UK Department for Work and Pensions, Unilever, Vivendi Universal and Vodafone.

Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Euronext Premier Marché and trades as Atos Origin, AtosEuronext, Atos Worldline, Atos KPMG Consulting and Atos Odyssée.

About KarstadtQuelle
KarstadtQuelle AG, based in Essen, Germany, is Europe's largest department store and mail order group. The Group achieved sales of EUR 15.3 billion in the financial year 2003. The Group's business segments include Over-the-Counter Retail, Mail Order, Services and Real estate. The KarstadtQuelle Group employs just over 100,000 staff. For more information, please visit the Group's web site at www.karstadtquelle.com

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