EU Commission approves Atle offer


The European Commission has granted its approval for Woodrose Invest AB, a
company jointly owned by Ratos AB and 3i Group plc, to acquire control of Atle AB by way of a public bid announced on 19 February 2001.

This satisfies one of the Conditions of the Offer, as stated in the Prospectus.

For further information, please contact:

Clara Bolinder-Lundberg, Head of Investor Relations,
+46-8-700 1749 or +46-70-719 84 43